"This publication was produced on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show"--Page 2.
"First printing. Edition of 500"--Page 2.
Compilation of contemporary Chicago newspaper clippings, reproduced in facsimile, describing the Association of American Painters and Sculptors' International Exhibition of Modern Art (the Armory Show of 1913), which traveled from New York and was held at the Art Institute of Chicago, March 24-April 16, 1913.
"In 1913, the year that the Armory Show hit Chicago, an anonymous Chicago artist gathered every newspaper clipping from the infamous Art Institute exhibition into a sensational handmade document. Freak Art Scrapbook presents this folk ledger of the key showcase of American and European art in the early 20th century, a collection of witty and vitriolic snippets, much of it dripping with satire as nearly an entire city took to lampooning modern art. Lovingly reproduced in all its bilious, acidic yellow, sporting pre-jazz cartoons that snicker repeatedly at Duchamp's "Nude Descending A Staircase," the scrapbook in fact turns out to be a complex and many layered artifact, not only a register of the Midwestern response to modernism, but a fascinating glimpse of the central arguments about populism and the vanguard."--Publisher's website.