As soon as the Armory Show opened, the newspapers were abuzz with reviews, both good and bad. Here are some of the headlines from February 17, 1913, the first day of the exhibit:
SAMPLES OF FREAK ART AT “INSURGENT” EXHIBIT IN NEW YORK - Chicago Tribune
ART EXTREMISTS, IN BROADSIDES OF LURID COLOR, INVADE NEW YORK AND CAPTURE AN ARMORY - New York Herald
‘INSURGENT’ ARTISTS PRODUCE WEIRD WORK - Philadelphia Inquirer
and, my personal favorite, as seen above: NOBODY WHO HAS BEEN DRINKING IS LET IN TO SEE THIS SHOW; He’d Have Bellevue for Next Stop After Futurist Art Exhibition, Scoffers Assert - New York World
All headlines are from clippings found in the Walt Kuhn scrapbook of press clippings documenting the Armory Show, vol. 1, 1913. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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