History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, July 26, 2013

When Duncan Phillips first saw the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art ---- more commonly known as the Armory Show for its venue, New York’s 69th Regiment Armory ---- he was rattled by its emphasis on what he called “anarchists, not artists” (by whom he meant Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh). Thankfully, he changed his opinion over time, or we wouldn’t have the Phillips Collection.

On Thursday, the museum opens “History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show,” an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the 1913 show, which shocked much of America, along with Phillips. For many, it was the first time they had seen modern art.

“History in the Making” will include works by artists represented in the Armory Show, some of whom came to be among Phillips’s favorites.