New Stamp Collection Commemorates 1913 Armory Show, Includes Murphy’s Razor From DMA

by Bill Davenport December 13, 2012

The ever-ready PR department at the Dallas Museum of Art informs us that one of their pieces, Gerald Murphy’s 1924 Razor, will be featured on a postage stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show in New York, credited with introducing modern art to America. The piece is one of twelve works featured in a new “Modern Art in America” sheet of self-adhesive “forever” stamps and will be available in early 2013.

Other works honored on the sticky stamps include  Stuart Davis’s House and Street, Charles Demuth’s I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, Aaron Douglas’s The Prodigal Son, Arthur Dove’s Fog Horns, Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, Marsden Hartley’s Painting, Number 5, John Marin’s Sunset, Maine Coast, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out Back of Marie’s II, Man Ray’s Noire et Blanche, Charles Sheeler’s American Landscape, and Joseph Stella’s Brooklyn Bridge. The sheet also carries a quote from Marcel Duchamp: “America is the country of the art of the future,” which is not on a stamp, and has no monetary value.

Razor entered the DMA’s collection in 1963. In 2008 the DMA presented the nationally acclaimed exhibition Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy. The exhibition featured keepsakes, letters, memorabilia, and the paintings of Gerald Murphy. The DMA’s Razor and Watch, two of the eight remaining paintings in Murphy’s oeuvre, were featured in the exhibition.

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