March 8-10, 2013:

I exhibited 3 collages with the Hullaballoo Collective at the FOUNTAIN Art Fair at the Armory ( New York 2013), at the 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street.

The Fountain Art Fair is the original site for the 1913 Armory Show.

It’s the way an art fair should be (quoted in the Economist) because the show reinvents the art fair experience with over 65 international galleries and artist projects. See who was included

The Hullaballoo Collective showed at booths C202-C203 and C204 at Fountain, and describes itself as a diverse group of artists who have come together through social media to present salon style exhibitions.

The image below is one installation at FOUNTAIN 2013, showing a range of works in all media.

View of Hullaballoo installation at Fountain 2013
View of Hullaballoo installation at Fountain 2013

See more images… from the Hullaballoo Facebook site.

Special thanks to Beth Giacummo who curated the installation for Hullaballoo. Giacummo is the Museum Exhibition Director and curator at the Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY.

Special thanks to many Hullaballoo members who worked so hard to make the event a success for everyone – including Bernard Klevickas, CJ Nye, Jordan Baker-Caldwell, Marianne Barcelona and everyone else who helped with installation, press, and so much more (sorry if I left out your name).

The image below is me at the Hullaballoo opening reception Friday, March 8, 2013.

Artist Nancy Nikkal at Hullaballoo opening
Artist Nancy Nikkal at Hullaballoo opening

I had 3 collages at the show, including the work seen below, titled Yves Klein Baloo, 2012, collage on paper, 20”x18.” See 2 more images…

Nancy Egol Nikkal, Yves Klein Baloo, collage
Nancy Egol Nikkal, Yves Klein Baloo, collage


1913: When Modern Art Came to America

David Gelernter  wrote about the original 1913 show in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ, Feb 22, 2013) with the headline When Modern Art Came to America.

The sub-headline was: A 1913 show was widely panned – but it sparked a new era.

The image below shows what the exhibition looked like in 1913 (photo-credit: Beltmann/CORBIS).

The 1913 Armory Show
The 1913 Armory Show

Gelernter wrote: The 1913 Armory show was dreamed up by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors to give young artists a chance to exhibit – and to educate the public about contemporary art.

The public hated it.

The most-discussed, most-attacked painting of all was by Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968), titled Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912, oil on canvas, 58×35 inches.

Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase
Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase

Fast-Forward: The FOUNTAIN Art Fair at the Armory New York honors the creative genius of Marcel Duchamp. The name Fountain comes from his “readymade” sculpture – titled Fountain – a porcelain urinal he signed R.Mutt.

Read about Duchamp’s Fountain and readymades…

The image below, is a photograph of the original signed work. The photo was taken by Alfred Stieglitz at his 921 Gallery.

Alfred Steiglitz photo of the original Fountain
Alfred Steiglitz photo of the original Fountain

More Reviews

On the closing day, art critics Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith visited the Hullaballoo Collective and spoke with artists. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to hear his comments about my work.  The image below is Jerry Saltz with me in front of my work.

Jerry Saltz and me at Hullaballoo booth, Fountain 2013
Jerry Saltz and me at Hullaballoo booth, Fountain 2013

Read the review by Jerry Saltz: “The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913” about the exhibit at the Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ – through June 16, 2013) online at Vulture (2/24/13)

The article originally appeared in the March 4, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.


Saltz opens with: Happy birthday, Modern America! For all practical purposes, you were born 100 years ago this month. After February 17, 1913—the opening of what’s now simply called the Armory Show—you have never been the same. Thank God!

He describes the Montclair Museum exhibition as a blast of fresh scholarship about the original show – but says the original Armory show was uneven.  Most of the artists are lost to history.

Saltz says the Montclair show is a cautionary tale to artists everywhere to be alert…to perceive meta-patterns reforming, tendencies in motion, and your own insides being twisted inside out.

He says: engage with the culture or the culture will pass you by. That means questioning what’s contemporary about what one is saying.

It’s serious business. Read more…

If you saw the 2013 Fountain show, the Montclair Museum show or the Armory Pier 92/94 shows in NYC, please post your comments, and let me know what you think about Marcel Duchamp. Thanks.


  1. Hi Nancy, I dont’t know which look more wonderful– you or your collages! These works are so alive and challenge the viewer to participate in a welcoming way. Thanks so much for sending them. Miss you and hope to see you soon. Love, Valerie

    1. Hi Valerie, The Fountain show was a huge success. It was great fun to participate with the Hullaballoo Collective – a very creative group.

  2. Nancy, I am enchanted by your art! Your exhibit at the show was too small, but the choices were excellent representatives of your exciting body of work. By the way, the photo of you and Jerry Saltz (whose art criticism I admire) is charming. The piece behind and above him (which seems to be threadwork) looks like a red balloon, which he appears to be grasping in his fist. The two of you look like you’re having a great time at the art fair, which is just as it should be!

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