Early American Modernist Painting, 1910-1935

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4
Some Early Exhibitions, Collectors,
and Galleries

The Armory Show of 1913, the Forum Exhibition of Modern American Painters of 1916, and the Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists of 1917 were critical junctures in the exposure of early American modernist painting to the public.

The Armory Show, in the making from 1911, eventually consisted of some sixteen hundred items—paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints—of which three quarters were American works. 1

In 1911, Walt Kuhn, Jerome Myers, and Elmore McRae, three artists who exhibited at the Madison Gallery in New York, met with the director of the Gallery, Henry Fitch Taylor, and came up with the idea of a large exhibition of American art. Out of this modest beginning grew a committee of twenty‐ five, which called itself the Association of American Painters and Sculptors. The Impressionist painter Alden Weir was elected president, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum vice-president. As a result of internal dissensions, Weir resigned. The Ashcan painter Arthur B. Davies, a man of broad tastes and many financial connections, was elected to take his place, and thereupon the idea of the exhibition was broadened. The committee now stated that the group was "organized for the purpose of holding exhibitions of their work and the best examples procurable of contemporary art, without relation to school, size, medium or nationality."

Walt Kuhn, who had become secretary of the organization, began to negotiate for the use of the Armory of the 69th National Guard Regiment on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets in New York. This was in April 1912. In September, Kuhn set out for Cologne to see the Sonderbund Show, an impressive showing of contemporary European modernism, in which Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Munch each had rooms to themselves, and the ascendant Picasso was also included. Kuhn traveled through France, Germany, Holland, and En

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  • Early American Modernist Painting 1910-1935 *
  • Contents *
  • Preface *
  • Introduction *
  • 1 - The Stieglitz Group *
  • 2 - The Arensberg Circle *
  • 3 - Color Painters *
  • 4 - Some Early Exhibitions, Collectors, and Galleries *
  • 5 - Precisionism *
  • 6 - The Independents *
  • Epilogue *
  • Bibliography *
  • List of Illustrations *
  • Index *
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