Solo Project Part 3: Francis M. Naumann Fine Art

The Armory Show 2013
Mar 6, 2013 2:14PM

To celebrate the original Armory Show—which was held at the 69th Regiment Armory February through March of 1913—Francis M. Naumann Fine Art’s booth will comprise a curated exhibition called “Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase: An Homage.” For this exhibition, a number of artists have agreed to create new works responding to Duchamp’s painting, which was the unexpected sensation of the Armory Show in 1913, more than for any other reason because visitors were unable to find the descending nude promised by the title. Moreover, for a somewhat prudish American public, the title was considered provocative: A nude doing anything more than reclining was more than they were willing to envision. As a result, the painting was focus of critical attacks and ridicule. Since they were unable to locate the nude, frustrated critics compared the repeated, abstract forms of the painting to sights with which they were more familiar: “rush hour at the subway,” “an elevated railroad stairway in ruins after an earthquake,” and, most memorably, “an explosion in a shingle factory.” 

Learn more here and check out Artsy's interview with Francis M. Naumann here.

The Armory Show 2013
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