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Posted by rigorousm on March 2, 2016

[Victoria] Dailey offers perspective on [the Midwestern cast of early 20th century LA] in her essay “Naturally Modern.” In New York, as she points out, crowds gathered in 1913 to see the famed Armory Show. Art patrons and the curious public stood before Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase and wondered if the abstraction might be too far removed from conventional depiction; the subject matter was not a concern. Out west, Angelenos winced at Childe Hassam’s painting of a nude. Angelenos cared little about technique and more about morality. In Los Angeles, nudes were the problem, not the manner in which they were represented.

Introduction by William Deverell, LA’s Early Moderns ed. Victoria Dailey, Natalie Shivers, Michael Dawson.


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