Tracking Duchamp's Perfume Bottle
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-05-11
In a recent post (, this website mentioned that Marcel Duchamp's 1921 readymade Belle Haleine: Eau de Voilette, an empty glass perfume bottle branded by the French scent company Rigaud, was taken from Yves Saint Lauren's collection and sold at a Christ ...more

The poetry that spoke to Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2
By Jenny Fan
posted: 04-01-11
If Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2” (1912) is a song, it might be a down-tempo, acid jazz piece with sound collages assembled from turntable scratching.  NDaS No. 2 may also stutter, tap and hiccup in a systematic, almost cerebral rhythm to suit t ...more

World readying for John Cage's 100th birthday.
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-31-11
John Cage and Marcel Duchamp are often mentioned in the same breath. Not only were they good friends and avid chess partners (Cage once had Duchamp's board electrically wired for a game of musical chess), Cage was an avowed creative disciple of the elder statesman of the avant-garde. Cage carried ...more

Rigaud: a Scent in Need of an Author
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-29-11
For those that have been following the attention 'scents' have been receiving in the art world, as we have, Christie's auctioned out the most expensive bottle of perfume ever sold, and it never even held perfume. This is is not surprising, for it was designed by Marcel Duchamp and M ...more

Ubuweb's "Uncreative" Poet Speaks About Textual Readymades
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-27-11
Cabinet Magazine's Gowanus HQ regularly hosts illuminating panels, exhibitions, and lectures on avant-garde practice, conceptual art, and the history of science and culture. Stiff drinks are served in conjunction. March 18th's event was no exception. That typically well-devised evening, titled &ldq ...more

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