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This catalog accompanies a traveling exhibition of the works of the Societe Anonyme, the first since that collection was donated to the Yale University Art Gallery in 1941 by patron Katherine Dreier and Dada artist Marcel Duchamp. Founded in 1920, the Societe Anonyme was an artist-run organization that put on more than 80 exhibitions of contemporary art, playing a critical if underestimated role in introducing modernism to America. A collection of 1,000 works was assembled as well. A series of essays explores various facets of the movement, starting with two that treat the complex roles played by Duchamp and painter Joseph Stella. Another shows the importance that Dreier placed on Soviet avant-garde art, which she regarded as full of "creative and living spirits." She organized the International Exhibition of Modern Art at the Brooklyn Museum in 1926; one essay calls it highly important but largely overlooked. Further chapters discuss the educational mission of the Societe Anonyme, the correspondence between Dreier and fellow artists and dealers, and how the Societe Anonyme collections came to Yale. Thumbnail biographies of the artists. A lavishly produced, valuable contribution to scholarship. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; graduate students; faculty and researchers. W. B. Maynard Johns Hopkins University
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