ASRL / PERPETUAL 2014
 
Spiritualism and Nihilism: The Second Decade?
Excerpt from A CRITICAL HISTORY
By Donald Kuspit
posted: 12-15-08
Marcel Duchamp Hat rack 1917, reconstructed 1964
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"Duchamp is, in effect, the first conceptual artist, and the readymades are the first conceptual works of art. As he said in 1946, he "wanted to get away from the physical aspect of painting. I was more interested in recreating ideas in painting. For me the title was very important." He finally abandoned painting for readymade objects. The question is what ideas they recreated. He wanted art to be an "intellectual expression" rather than an "animal expression," but his very physical readymades -- in a sense, they are more physical than a painted picture, for they occupy real space rather than create the illusion of it -- may be an animal expression in intellectual disguise."

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