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.
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History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show