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PIcabia's Work Exhibited Next to Pieces of Classical Antiquity
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-04-11
Francis Picabia, Transparency--Head and Horse, 1930.
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French Dadaist Francis Picabia’s work will be displayed, and contextualized, in conjunction with pieces from classical antiquity as part of an exhibit at Getty Villa called Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Leger, Picabia in the Presence of the Antique.  The show hopes to investigate the scope of classical art in the contemporary landscape defined by the avant-garde creations of the above listed artists.  “Modernism,” according to the co-curator of the exhibition, Jens Daehner, “also influenced how viewers today perceive classical art.”  For example, the show highlights Picabia’s “transparencies,” in which he appropriated images from classical art, such as Roman sculptures and Renaissance paintings, and layered components to create transparent panels.  Picabia worked on these in the 1920s and early 1930s, and several were displayed in the Rosenberg’s apartment--several of them having been commissioned by Leonce Rosenberg.

Be sure to catch these and more at the show in Los Angeles, CA before January 16, 2012 and at Musee Picasso from February 16 to May 20, 2012. 

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Lady Gaga's Potty Art
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-03-11
Lady Gaga, Armitage Shanks, 2010
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Of course, the next person to create their own version of Marcel Duchamp's hundred year old Fountain (1917) for a publicity stunt is Lady Gaga. The infamous pop star, or self-titled "Fame Monster," she used Armitage Shanks, the title of her urinal sculpture, as an accessory at a photo shoot for Vogue Homme Japan with the iconic photographer Nick Knight. She signed in black scribble, "I'm not fucking Duchamp but I love pissing with you."

Lady Gaga has since donated the piece to ShoWstudio.com, where it is currently being sold for $480,000.

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Karla Black: Turner Prize 2011 Nominee
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-02-11
Karla Black, Expressions are hurting move outside (and details), 2008
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Scottish artist Karla Black’s work, exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and nominated for the illustrious Turner Prize this year, is sensitive to a tradition of performance much in the way Marcel Duchamp’s was.  Her audience is welcomed to experience her usually sprawling organic structures as physical commodities, material and commercial monuments.  We can’t help but note their use of space, and how much they take up.

Her materials, or perhaps “ingredients” would be more apt, are often instrumental in affecting the final product of her work.  They are often eccentric for the very fact that they are ordinary supplies commonly found in any apartment or home bathroom.  For example, Doesn’t Care in Words (2011) is comprised from cellophane, paint, Sellotape, sugar paper, chalk, powder paint, plaster powder, wood, polystyrene, bath bombs, Vaseline, moisturizing cream, spray deodorant, and brown paper.  But don’t be deceived.  Despite these largely feminine products, Black does not appreciate being called a feminine artists: “Why do people call it feminine? Because it is light, fragile, pale? Because it is weak, impermanent? When you start going to work on it you realise how ridiculous the description is. How can a work of art be feminine?" (see the article in the Guardian on her exhibition at the Venice Biennale for more.)

And nor is her work meant to provoke shock in the viewer or academy as Duchamp’s Fountain was meant to.  She is happy to rank herself within the artistic tradition of say Joseph Bueys or Eva Hesse.  And despite her pieces’ seemingly careless arrangements--well it turns out they are meticulously wrought, and even allusive to painting.  The pieces are provocative in that they beg us to look to the context of the physical, the material, realms rather than than that of linguistic or symbolic jest.  In that, she certainly is able to distinguish herself from previous recipients of the Turner Prize like Damien Hirst and Richard Wright.  But, however she may choose to set herself apart, she certainly has our vote this year. 

The Turner Prize is awarded once a year to a British artist under the age of fifty who’s work has been distinguished in an exhibition the previous year.  The other nominees this year are Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd, and George Shaw. 

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We're Moving into the Arensbergs'
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 10-01-11
The famous "trendsetting kitchen" at 33 West 67th Street Apt. 2-FE
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Hot off the real estate catalog press: Hannah and Walter Arensberg's Upper West Side apartment, where Duchamp stayed in the summer of 1915, is for sale.  Marcelduchamp.net is currently looking to purchase the home that saw the birth of New York Dada at the affordable price of 4.75 million dollars.

Keep on the lookout for news on future events possibly to be hosted in the Arensbergs' "trendsetting kitchen."

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What's Duchamp Doing in Starbucks Anyway?
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-30-11
Richard Kegler, typeface provocateur.
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There are many artists, designers, and writers among others that are inspired or incited by Duchamp's work.  Richard Kegler is one of them.  In 1994, Kegler created the Duchamp typeface by scanning in samples of Duchamp's writing from Large Glass and distributed them on floppy disks to interested customers in museum shops.

The idea to create a "readymade" type came to Kegler in graduate school when he was working on an art installation and decided to project Duchamp's writing onto a wall.  Things took off from there.  He opened a small company called P22 in Buffalo NY and Duchamp became his biggest sell.  Now, fans can even find Duchamp adorning the walls of Starbucks coffee shops across the country, not to mention on the NBC sitcom "The Singe Guy."

 

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