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Duchamp, O’Keeffe, and Demuth Among USPS’s New Set of Modern Art Forever Stamps

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The United States Postal Service will debut a new collection of twelve Forever stamps titled “Modern Art in America” in 2013, featuring a dozen works produced between 1913 and 1931, in commemoration of 1913’s legendary Armory Show. The set includes stamp-sized reproductions of priceless works by Stuart Davis, Aaron Douglas, Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, and Gerald Murphy.

The most famous work in the set is Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2,” which had its U.S. debut in 1913 at that year’s landmark Armory Show. By way of announcing the inclusion of Murphy’s “Razor” (1924, pictured) — which is in its permanent collection — the Dallas Museum of Art revealed the ten other works that will be included in the stamp set. They are:

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”
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”
Joseph Stella’s “Brooklyn Bridge”

The new set of arty Forever stamps will be available early next year, and will remain sufficient for mailing a letter domestically forever, hence the name.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: Gerald Murphy, “Razor,” 1924; Courtesy the Dallas Museum of Art, © Estate of Honoria Murphy Donnelly.)

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