Stuckists versus the High Concept

posted: 06-15-10
Mark D, 'Duchamp is Dead and All Adrift at Sea'
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An "ominous" picture by artist Mark D currently hanging in the British Royal Academy of Art depicts what appears to be a dessicated Marcel Duchamp adrift on a dark and desolate sea. Only carrion birds, volcanic ash and the totemic shark of the Stuckist art movement -- to which Mark D belongs -- punctuate the gloom. The shark, the Stuckists explain, refers to the career of Damien Hirst. Was Duchamp the victim of art history or its instigator? The little boat Rose Selavy looks dubiously seaworthy....



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