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“Tennis” by George Bellows

One hundred years ago, 90,000 people traveled to New York for one express reason: The Armory Show, which redefined art before their very eyes. And that was long before planes were standard.

This month, the International Print Center New York fills its walls with prints and sketches from the many, many artists that made ’13 a historic year in art: from Pablo Picasso to Edgar Degas, from Marcel Duchamp to Wassily Kandinsky, from Edward Hopper to George Bellows. Cubist charcoal renderings and quick-sketch nudes alike hang from the ICPNY’s 5th-floor white and burlap walls. There are plenty of sharp edges and a few still-bucolic curves, a colorful peek at what Rivington Street looked like in 1910, and late Victorian fashion. Though most of the pieces won’t seem controversial now, the exhibit pays intimate tribute to a time of change.

“Night Shadows” by Edward Hopper

“L’Amour” by Raoul Dufy

Written and photographed by Allison Malecha