If Anything Can Fuel Nostalgia, It's Modern Art
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM
I love that the United States Postal Service has issued a "Modern Art in America" stamp collection to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the legendary 1913 Armory Show in New York—which introduced artists including Marcel Duchamp, and ushered in what would become the eventual rise, domination, and canonization of American modernism in the 20th century. I will buy these stamps. Just look at them. From the Davis to the Dove to the Murphy, they're knockouts. Look! Look! Look!
And so, I will use them to mail my bills, which is what I mail. But I'm increasingly switching to online billing because I'm told this is the thing to do, and in matters like bill-paying, I try to do the thing to do. Okay, then: I will use these stamps to write letters. I'll have to start writing handwritten letters again. I do love letters. And I love the USPS. I love going to the post office. I love the buildings. I love the big teller lady on Broadway with the teeeeeny tiny voice in her. Maybe I could write her a letter. I could try to make it abstract and modern.