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.

Presented by Corbett vs. Dempsey in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, with an introduction by John Corbett and a conversation between Corbett and artist/curator Josiah McElheny.

Design by Sonnenzimmer

softcover, 17 x 11 inches, 48 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9884492-8-2