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The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show Opens at Montclair Art Museum

Cynthia Cumming

Sunday, February 17, 2013 • 12:27pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, February 17, 100 years to the day of the opening of the International Exhibition of Modern Art, aka The Armory Show, in Manhattan, the Montclair Art Museum opened their newest exhbition showcasing the talents of the American artists that contributed their work.

When the Armory Show opened on February 17, 1913 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue at East 25th Street in Manhattan, over 1,200 works by American and European artists were displayed for sale.  Although two-thirds of the show was comprised of American artists, many of them women, more focus was placed on the European artists.  The Armory show represented the new wave of modern art that raised a ruckus in the art world and among the general public.  The MAM's show, highlighting the works of American modernists, dispels the notion that the European artists were the only voice of modern art.

Co-curators Gail Stavitsky of MAM and guest curator Laurette McCarthy assembled an exhibition comprising 36 American artists and 40 works in various media: paintings, sculptures, etchings, watercolors, and prints.  Bright colors and innovative brush strokes were also considered to be part of the modern art movement.

Just moments from West Orange and surrounding towns, the Montclair Art Museum continues to provide outstanding exhibitions and activities for members as well as non members.

The show runs from February 17-June 16.  For information on hours, other museum events, and membership, go to montclairartmuseum.org.

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