“America is the country of the art of the future” ~ Marcel Duchamp 1915

In honor of Fourth of July coming up, we honor America. The above quote from the artist Marcel Duchamp, was written in 1915, almost 100 years ago! I love ART stamps. When they came out with a Warhol stamp awhile back, I bought 1/2 a sheet and framed it.

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If you like stamps like me, you are going to want to get to your local post office and buy the latest, “Modern Art in America, 1911-1931” Forever stamps. The stamp sheet also includes a quote by Marcel Duchamp and verso text that identifies each work of art and briefly tells something about each artist. Art director Derry Noyes worked on the stamp sheet with designer Margaret Bauer.

These stamps are being issued in sheets of 12 Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. Issue date is March 7, 2012 ~ and of course the stamps are made in USA.

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man ray photograph of Kiki de Montparnasse’s head 1926

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                           charles demuth ‘figure 5 in gold” 1929                                               

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marsden hartley (1877-1943)

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john marin 1932

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arthur dove  fog horns 1929

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aaron douglas (1898-1979)  arty farty friday

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stuart davis (1892-1964)

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joseph stella old brooklyn bridge 1946

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georgia o’keeffe black mesa

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gerald murphy  razor 1929

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Charles Sheeler american landscape 1930

  • Stuart Davis’s vibrant depictions of contemporary commercial objects made him an important precursor of the later Pop artists. His oil-on-canvas painting, House and Street (1931), presents two views of a street in New York, forcing the viewer to be in two places at once.
  • Charles Demuth, a leading watercolorist of his era, created his “poster portraits” of friends such as the poet William Carlos Williams, the subject of the work I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), in oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard.
  • Aaron Douglas was the most important visual artist to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. The gouache-on-paper painting, The Prodigal Son (1927), was created in a modernist style that has been described as “Afro-Cubism.”
  • Arthur Dove was one of modern art’s earliest abstract painters and was probably the first American artist to paint a totally abstract canvas. Dove was interested in attempting to duplicate sound as colors and shapes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Fog Horns (1929), suggests the peal of foghorns at sea.
  • Marcel Duchamp, an important forerunner of the Pop art and conceptual art movements, outraged and disturbed many viewers by irreverently flouting artistic convention. His oil-on-canvas painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2(1912), was the most talked-about work at the Armory Show of 1913.
  • Marsden Hartley was one of America’s greatest modernist painters. His oil-on-canvas work, Painting, Number 5 (1914-15), is an abstract composite portrait of Karl von Freyburg, a young German officer who was killed in World War I.
  • John Marin was the preeminent watercolorist of his era. He transformed the medium by experimenting with abstraction, such as in his watercolor-on-paper painting, Sunset, Maine Coast (1919).
  • Gerald Murphy produced only about a dozen works in less than ten years as a practicing artist, yet today he is recognized as a significant painter whose work prefigured the Pop art of the 1960s. The oil-on-canvas painting, Razor (1924), typifies Murphy’s work in its detailed depiction of commonplace objects.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the foremost painters of the 20th century. Widely known for her close-up flower paintings, O’Keeffe also famously painted urban and desert landscapes, including this oil-on-canvas painting, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II (1930).
  • Man Ray was associated with some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century—chief among them Dadaism and Surrealism—and is best known for his photography. His gelatin-silver print, Noire et Blanche (1926), is from a series of photographs juxtaposing a woman’s face with a Baule mask (or a replica) from West Africa.
  • Charles Sheeler explored the balance between abstraction and realism in his photographs and paintings, which often depicted aspects of the mechanized modern world. By titling this oil-on-canvas painting American Landscape (1930), Sheeler explored the relationship between rural traditions and his modern subject matter.
  • Joseph Stella, America’s first Futurist painter, is remembered for his multiple images of the Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes. The oil-on-canvas painting, Brooklyn Bridge (1919-1920) has been read as a comment on the tension between technological achievement and the spiritual dimension implicit in any human endeavor.

One thought on ““America is the country of the art of the future” ~ Marcel Duchamp 1915

  1. Dear Eileen, I loved this latest post, and learned a LOT. Wow! —and what a great idea to have framed the Andy Warhol stamps! Love, Harriet

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