Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 55

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Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(ART.) Pair of invitations to the opening of the 1913 Armory Show, the first major modern art exhibition in America. Engraved cards, 4 x 6¼ inches and 4¼ x 6½ inches, blank on verso; minimal wear, with fragments of original tissue wrapping. [New York], 16 and 17 February 1913

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The International Exhibition of Modern Art, more commonly remembered as "the Armory Show," was held at New York's 69th Regiment Armory from 15 February to 15 March 1913 (just across the street from Swann's present location). It introduced a broader American audience to controversial European artists such as Duchamp, Matisse, and Cézanne. The reaction of mainstream critics was generally vicious, but its importance continues to resonate.

The smaller of these invitations is for the press viewing which took place on Sunday, 16 February. The other is for the formal opening which took place the following afternoon.

With--Milton W. Brown. "The Story of the Armory Show." 320 pages, illustrated, in dust jacket with minor wear. [New York, 1963].