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The New Spirit Paperback – February 28, 2013

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Gail Stavitsky is Chief Curator at the Montclair Art Museum.
Laurette E. McCarthy is an independent scholar and curator.
Charles H. Duncan is Collections Specialist for the Archives of American Art.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State Press; First Edition edition (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988311305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988311305
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By artfulusedbooks on January 20, 2014
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This beautiful book accompanied the exhibition at the Montclair [NJ] Art Museum, February 17 - June 16, 2013. The opening day of THIS exhibition was 100 years after the opening of the International Exhibition of Modern Art in the armory of the 69th Regiment in New York City. After a long wait, here is a scholarly celebration of the diversity of the American art in the Armory Show.

The 4 essays are 1. "Americans in the Armory Show: An Introduction" by Gail Stavitsky; 2. "American Artists in the Armory Show" by Laurette E. McCarthy; 3. "Collectors of American Art from the Armory Show" by Laurette E. McCarthy; & 4. "The Armory Show: The Story of Its Primary Sources" by Charles H. Duncan.

The 40 works of art are reproduced in color, either in a section of color plates beginning on p.121, or interspersed within the essays. The archival materials (letters, etc.) are also reproduced in color. There is an excellent 8-page Selected Chronology that answers pesky questions that come to mind, like "when did the Whitney Museum open?"--1931. There are an Exhibition Checklist & a separate (alphabetical) List of American Artists Represented in the Armory Show.

The essays offer reasoned corrections to several oft-repeated conclusions about the Armory Show. One of the stated goals of the sponsors (Assoc. of American Painters & Sculptors) was to challenge the power of the National Academy of Design. Yet, several members of the AAPS were also members of the Academy, & several works exhibited in the armory had also been shown in the NAD shows. Another stated goal was to give less-established American artists a place to show their work; in addition to the 3 small commercial galleries, there were MANY other venues for this art in the 5 years before 1913.
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