The dawn of the Armory show in America in 1913 was the start of the culture of modernism in America. The Armory show debuted by displaying works by popular and famous artists like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Duchamp. And this was the first time these works have been shown in one show all at once. It was remarkable that female patrons were the source of the primary funding for the show. They provided about 80 percent of the funding. Since the Armory show, the author also notes that women have been at the forefront and championing American modern and contemporary art. Some notable names are Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Aileen Osborn Webb, and Marcia Tucker. The Armory show was named the International Exhibition of modern Art and it began in 1913. It was a watershed moment for American artistic tastes and came to become a legendary exhibit that is talked about even years after it debuted. It was here that the term “avant-garde” was invented and used to describe painting and sculpture. Americans were also introduced to the European vanguard in arts through the show. Other exhibits that were a momentous moment in American art history are also highlighted in the blog.
- Modernism in America was awakened in 1913 in New York City when the first Armory show came to New York displaying works by Van Gogh and other masters.
- At the dawn of that show, it was the first time that avant-garde became a phrase that was used by artists to describe paintings and sculpture.
- One of the guiding lights of the show when it was established was Mabel Dodge who at that time in her home hosted the most famous artistic salon.
“Not only did female art patrons provide 80 percent of the funding for the show, but since that time, women have continued to be the central champions of American modern and contemporary art.”