ASRL / PERPETUAL 2015 has interesting Duchampian photos
By Editor
posted: 04-29-12
If you want to see some interesting photos of Duchamp and his works go to Images include Duchamp and his wife, Teeny, with John Cage in 1968 playing electronic chess and an image, shown above of Duchamp in Andy Warhol's New York studio.   ...more

Alec Nevala-Lee, author inspired by Duchamp
By editors
posted: 03-03-12
Alec Nevala-Lee blogs about when the Duchamp inspiration struck: "While doing research on art history at the Brooklyn Public Library, I stumbled across the wonderful book Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles? by James Elkins, who explores the issue of why we’re collectively drawn to interpret and ...more

What did Marcel Duchamp tell Bill Griffith?
By editors
posted: 02-17-12
Alan Bisbort in an interview with underground cartoonist Bill Griffith (a.k.a. Zippy) reveals details about Griffith's brief encounter with Marcel Duchamp when he was 19 years old. Griffith was a student at Pratt . He told the famed artist at the master's restrospective exhibition that he, Griff ...more

Duchamp's friend, John Cage, Celebrated
By editors
posted: 01-29-12
Steven Rosen, City Beat, writes that Carl Solway, recently celebrated his 50th year as a "gallerist" in Cincinnati.  Solway spoke to arts enthusiasts at Hamilton’s Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park about "the milestone" of his new exhibition on Marcel Duchamp's friend, Jo ...more

Marcel Duchamp on YouTube
By editors
posted: 01-26-12
If you search "Marcel Duchamp, artist" on YouTube, there are over 3,000 results. Video interviews with Duchamp are among the must-sees for any Duchamp fan. There are videos of artists whose work is inspired by Duchamp and videos of Duchamp playing or discussing chess. ...more

Portraits of Duchamp on Only Images
By editors
posted: 01-19-12
The web site, Only Images, has a good selection of photos of Marcel Duchamp. The site states:  "This [web site] is dedicated to the creators who have influenced my creative energy. To the people who have informed my art and moved me. Enjoy as much as I have." ...more

Marcel Duchamp's Exhibition History
By Tout editors
posted: 01-18-12 has published a useful list of exhibitions. "The following [list] is offered not as a complete list of exhibitions by Marcel Duchamp, but as a comprehensive selection intended to give a survey of his activities and the way his work came to be known. Invaluable sources for ...more

A La Duchamp, Jillian Mayer Chews Off Her Arms For Art Basel
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 12-05-11
The title of Jillian Mayer's video submission to Art Basel may be inspired by Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q., but her grotesque content certainly takes matters a step further. In H.I.L.M.D.A., a section from Love Trips: A Triptych on Love, Mayer chews off her own arms. Actually, she only ph ...more

John Morse and the Practical Art
By Julia Borden
posted: 12-04-11
Art, as Duchamp would have it, can be discovered both everywhere and nowhere in the world around us. Even the most mundane of objects can appear wondrous when an artist elevates their status, granting both title (or in some cases "untitled") and with it a world of implied significance. C ...more

Who Says a Sandwich Can't Be Art?
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 12-03-11
Of all the news posts you could have expected to see here at, you probably never imagined that a sandwich would gain our headline. Well, turns out one has. This jewel is composed simply of two pieces of toast containing butter, salt, and pepper (that's all folks); and, it has ...more

An Artist Meets a Composer at a Party...
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-29-11
For those interested in collecting trivia, Marcel Duchamp met composer Igor Stravinsky at a party in New York in 1966. As they parted, Duchamp turned to Stravinsky and said: "Maestro, see you in another 50 years." ...more

Huang Yong Ping and Xiamen Dada
By Julia Borden
posted: 11-28-11
Huang Yong Ping was one of the founding members of the Chinese Xiamen Dada group, inaugurated in 1986 with a series of provocative group exhibitions. Members of the group had accumulated bits of knowledge about the original Dada movement from miscellaneous books and magazines that could be found in ...more

Huang Yong Ping and Xiamen Dada
By Julia Borden
posted: 11-25-11
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John Cage's music for Marcel Duchamp
By Lucy Li
posted: 11-17-11
If anyone can be called the Duchamp of the music world, it's probably John Cage. As the grandfather of avant garde music, he pioneered irregular meter, indeterminacy and unconventional use of musical instruments. In 1947, he composed "Music for Marcel Duchamp", and we have a performance of it in the ...more

The Perfect Punch Line...
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-14-11
  In a recent blog entry, visual poet Geoff Huth wrote about the different ways that people come to experience art--when they’re standing directly in front of a painting.  Some of us might like to share every thought we have with our companions and devote long minutes to each and ev ...more

Read About Posthastism Post-Haste!
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-12-11
  There hasn't exactly been a shortage of art movements defined by manifestos that grapple with the role of "speed" in art creation or thought.  Take, for example, the Even Slower Poetry manifesto published on a Blogspot in June, 2009.  Here is a selection: But what can po ...more

"Air Art --Marcel Duchamp" by Peter Duggan
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-10-11
This week's Guardian Artoon by Peter Duggan features Marcel Duchamp in the punchline. We give it five stars here at ...more

How to find Duchamp in 2666
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-09-11
"The idea, of course, was Duchamp’s. --- All that exists, or remains, of Duchamp’s stay in Buenos Aires is a ready-made.  Though of course his whole life was a readymade, which was his way of appeasing fate and at the same time sending out signals of distress.  As Ca ...more

"Too Close to Duchamp's Bicycle"
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-07-11
What is Les Liens Invisibles?  Apparently, it is an “imaginary” partnership between a pair of Italian artists, Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini, who focus on creating net art subversive media based art.  They have been gaining notoriety an exhibition space in places like ...more

The Maharaja Come to San Francisco
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-05-11
When Man Ray photographed the Maharajah Yeshwant Rao Holkar II and his wife the Maharani Sanyogita Devi of Indore, he had to loosen them up by playing them jazz before he could capture their likenesses in the iconic photograph above and in numerous others.  The photograph will be displayed as ...more

PIcabia's Work Exhibited Next to Pieces of Classical Antiquity
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-04-11
  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 inv ...more

Lady Gaga's Potty Art
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-03-11
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 ...more

Karla Black: Turner Prize 2011 Nominee
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 11-02-11
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 structure ...more

We're Moving into the Arensbergs'
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 10-01-11
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. is currently looking to purchase the home that saw the birth of New York Dada at the affordable price of 4.75 million dolla ...more

What's Duchamp Doing in Starbucks Anyway?
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-30-11
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 int ...more

From Cage's James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-21-11
In a couple of months, we will be attending a production of James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphebet by John Cage at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (keep an eye out for a forthcoming review, or join us at the event on Friday November 11!). But i ...more

Alert: Duchamp CD Posted on
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-20-11
It's all in the title. For those who would like to listen to Duchamp read The Creative Act or by interviewed by the recently deceased Richard Hamilton, Duchamp's 2007 CD, The Creative Act, is now available for streaming on Of course, it's only free for a seven day trial ...more

Looking in the Large Glass
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-13-11
It's in London and it's called Large Glass. What could it be? Turns out, it' a freshly minted "gallop" shop. And a "gallop" shop turns out to be a gallery that also functions as a store, a gallery-shop that offers both a faster pace and objects for sale right beside the ...more

Gertrude Stein Autobiography Tops Time's 100 Best Nonfiction Books List
By Lucy Li
posted: 09-04-11
  Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas recently joined 99 hyped titles such as Freakonomics, Omnivore's Dilemma, Dreams from My Father, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Fast Food Nation in Time Magazine's new list of 100 Best Nonfiction Books. Many of these titles have ...more

Harold Bloom vs. the Avant-Garde
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 09-03-11
 "now marjorie [perloff] was giving a talk based on the  last chapter of her most recent book      the poetics of indeterminacy      the last chapter of which happens to deal  with john cage and with me      ...more

Are Cliches...
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 09-02-11
...just involuntary literary readymades? ...more

Daligramme Done by Lancel is at Galeries Lafayette
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-01-11
Did you know Salvador Dali created an eight character alphabet for his wife, Helene Dimitrievna Diakonava a.k.a. Gala, in the 1960s? He called the alphabet of love Daligramme, composing it out of redesigned and heavily stylized renditions of the letters G for Gradiva-Gala, D for Dali, and S fo ...more

Automatism B: It Was a Failsafe Mechanism for Spandex
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-31-11
It was a failsafe mechanism for spandex. All along, if spandex went awry something would be there to rein it in, or so they thought. But it wasn't true, except now it was. People came from Red Hook, Brooklyn to Fish-hook, Brooklyn, to Red Fish Brooklyn, and over to Scared-ville Queens, just to see i ...more

A Neo-Duchampian Catchphrase
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-30-11
"Hmmm. We do have a slogan for Benrik: 'Your values are our toilet paper.' Or in French: “Vos valeurs sont notre peru." --the creators of The Situationist App (touted as the first Marxist social media tool) ...more

Donald Judd or Cheap Furniture?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-29-11
Donald Judd can be quite spectacular. Out in Marfa, Texas for instance, where the minimalist sculptor purchased land, his giant stone boxes eerily offset the empty horizon and rustling waves of yellow grass: a cipher in the landscape. But some of his works do, truth be told, look exactly like cheap ...more

Picabia Was Also a Post-Impressionist
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-28-11
Francis Picabia, a good friend of Marcel Duchamp who would have been the cold-veined hitman if Dada had been an organized crime organization, is best known for his allusively erotic faux-machinic diagrams. He once splattered an inkblot on a piece of paper and called it a portrait of the Virgin M ...more

Bicycle the Last Artistic Transportation?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-27-11
"No other icon in sport or transport has retained such constant or potent significance [as the bike]. The car, once all open road and opportunity, now evokes the dystopia of Jeremy Clarkson and carmageddon. The train has surrendered its Brief Encounter romance to the absurdity of leaves on ...more

Daniel Spoerri's Multiplication d'Art Transformable
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 08-26-11
The following was written by critic Pierre Restany in 1966 for Daniel Spoerri's Edition MAT— which, for about a decade in the late nineteen fifties through the sixties, offered mass-produced and affordable works of art to the general public:(printed here thanks to Will Brand of Art Fag Cit ...more

"This is the Apocalyptic Nature of Our Modernity"
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 08-25-11
Part of our challenge here at is figuring out where to draw the boundaries for what is pertinent to the subjects of “modernism” and “avant-garde.”  Personally, I have always found the effort to narrow the historical or general “avant-garde&rdquo ...more

Ai Weiwei exhibition to open in L.A.
By Lucy Li
posted: 08-24-11
There are artists that break all the rules, and then there's Ai Weiwei. Activist Ai Weiwei's installation, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads", is on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art until February. Although Ai will not be attending the opening of "Circle" b ...more

Bolano's Literary Prophecies: Breton Shall Return Through Mirrors
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-22-11
"Vladimir Mayakovksy shall come back into fashion around the year 2150. James Joyce shall be reincarnated as a Chinese boy in the year 2124. Thomas Mann shall become an Ecuadorian pharmacist in the year 2101.   For Marcel Proust, a desperate and prolonged period of oblivion shall b ...more

Quay Brothers' New Film Opens
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-21-11
The Quay Brothers, the experimental animators (of Street of Crocodiles fame) who sinisterly blur the line between animation and animism, are coming out with an eagerly awaited new production. It's to be based on swoon-inducingly grotesque Mutter Museum exhibition of alternative anatomy (which includ ...more

Of Being Numerous, No. 12
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-20-11
‘In these explanations it is presumed that an experiencing subject is one occasion of a sensitive reaction to an actual world.’   the rain falls that had not been falling and it is the same world   . . .   They made small objects Of wood and the bones of fish And ...more

Duchamp and the Paradox of Art Spaces, Even
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-19-11
In the vein of several recent posts of ours re: the relationship between the readymades and the power of institutions and centrality of art spaces: "post-Duchampian art-beyond-labor reveals itself, in fact, as the triumph of alienated “abstract” labor over non-alienated “creative” work. It is t ...more

Romania and the Avant Garde
By Lucy Li
posted: 08-17-11
Romania is not exactly the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of modern art, but exhibitions in Bucharest and Amsterdam are shedding light on this often overlooked center of the avant-garde.   The Amsterdam exhibition, “From Dada to Surrealism: Jewish Avant-Garde Artists i ...more

Duchamp and the Secret of the Object
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-16-11
Our last post included the following quote from the cultural critic Jean Baudrillard: "The obscenity of the commodity stems from the fact that it is abstract, formal, light in opposition to the weight, opacity and substance of the object. The commodity is readable: in opposition to the object, wh ...more

Secret, Object, Ecstasy
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-15-11
"Marx set forth and denounced the obscenity of the commodity, and this obscenity was linked to its equivalence, to the abject principle of free circulation, beyond all use value of the object. The obscenity of the commodity stems from the fact that it is abstract, formal, light in opposition to th ...more

Even the Exquisite Corpse Festival wonders...
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-14-11
...what "exquisite corpse taxidermy" means and why they have it. (Exquisite Corpse is a well-known Surrealist game in which one player draws on a piece of paper, folds over their drawing, and passes the paper to the next player, who repeats). The meaning of exquisite corpse music can be extrapolated ...more

Duchamp and the Infrathin
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-13-11
"In the wake of modernity we once again find ourselves in the abyss of the infra-thin, a concept that permeates Marcel Duchamp’s entire oeuvre, a shorthand label for his life-long desire to overcome the distance between Signifier and signified, thing and meaning, love and knowledge, inn ...more

The Looting Imperative
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-12-11
"Looting is a natural response to the unnatural and inhuman society of commodity abundance. It instantly undermines the commodity as such, and it also exposes what the commodity ultimately implies: the army, the police and the other specialized detachments of the state’s monopoly of armed ...more

Of Rhetoric and Modern Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-11-11
The onset of modernity, underpinned by the bourgeois revolution, saw art develop into a marketplace commodity sought by many. The critic's pen emerged partly as a substitute for the suspect taste of the buying public. The magazine n+1 recently printed an essay entitled "Against Reviews" ex ...more

The Art of Substitution
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-10-11
"A long freeze seems to paralyze the diners, substituting for the usual ice-cream which as it happens is bad for stomachs which have become so heated in the acrobatic juggling of happiness, alarming mushrooms and dynamic partridges..." -The Futurist Cookbook ("Gelato," or i ...more

Quotable Avant-Gardes: The Appetite and the Dish.
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-09-11
"I am against all morals, against discipline. To be a painter, it is necessary to have guts [foi, liver], the sacred fire. Just like eating: first comes the appetite, then the choice of the dish." -George Braque ...more

Capricorn Bicycles Unrolls the Duchamp
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-08-11
Capricorn, a purveyor of steel bikes handcrafted by Minneapolis's Brad Wilson, now makes Duchamp and Selavy models intended to capture, natural, elegant Euro-style: "bikes on which you would never think to wear lycra." (Whether the designers at Capricorn are appraised of some of the truly ...more

A Comparative Analysis of Duchamp and Dr. Dre.
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-07-11
"Neither Dre nor DuChamp were happy in their circles, however, so they formed new ones. Dre left Death Row and formed Aftermath, while DuChamp formed the Societe Anonyme. These would be the organizations the dudes would stick wit’. DuChamp continued exploring the relationship between the ...more

The Sartorialist Celebrates Man Ray's Contributions to Bondage Fashion
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-06-11
Calling this fashion season's dabbling in BDSM regalia a "perfect storm" of mainstream-meets-subversive, the Sartorialist has put out a photo-slide show documenting the influence of fetish culture on high style (and perhaps the reverse.) Among some of the most provocative entries are Ma ...more

Marjorie Perloff: Endgame and the "End of Art"
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 08-05-11
A bit ago, I posted a selection from Arthur Danto’s “The Physical Disenfranchisement of Art” in which he elucidated upon his conception for the “end of art.”  In her book, Radical Artifice, Marjorie Perloff continues in the vein of his initial investigation.  ...more

Thing/Thought: Fluxus at MOMA
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-04-11
Recently we covered the exhibition of editions at the Gallery Perrotin in Paris, which featured catalogs, multiples, and posters, by Takashi Murakami, Joseph Beuys and Marcel Duchamp. The issue came up then as to whether and how the artist-signed reproductions, manufactured series, and microcosmic m ...more

Annals of the Surreal
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-03-11
"Lilliputia, the MIdget City: If dreamland is a laboratory for Manhattan, Midget City is a laboratory for Dreamland. Three hundred midgets who had been scattered across the continent as attractions at World's Fairs are offered a permanent experimental community here, 'a bit of old Nuremberg m t ...more

On Anamorphosis
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-02-11
"Distortion may lend all the paranoiac ambiguities, and every possible use has been made of it, from Arcimboldi to Salvador Dali. I will go so far as to say that this fascination complements what geometral researches into perspective allow to escape from vision. How is it that nobo ...more

The Art Terrorism Manifesto of Raymond Salvatore Harmon
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-01-11
Dig it. ...more

Hermetic Duchamp?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-31-11
"Marcel Duchamp had exhibited found objects as art with his famous urinal. But Duchamp’s art is hermetic, introverted, it doesn’t go out to the viewer. Rauschenberg’s reflects his own personality: it’s extrovert, generous, non-judgmental.” -Ealan Wingate, co-cu ...more

Surrealist Lab: Whose Unconscious? (Part 2)
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-30-11
In a recent post, "With A Lunatic Gesture We Forsook Jujitsu" (Automatism A), I tried my hand at some automatic writing. This was a practice codified by the Surrealists under the direction of Andre Breton, but its provenance dates to long before that. Its purpose has depended on the histor ...more

An Argument for Tactile Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-29-11
"It is clear that the liberative importance of the tactile resides in the fact that it can only be decoded in terms of experience itself: it cannot be reduced to mere information, to representation or to the simple evocation of a simulacrum substituting for absent presences." Kenneth Frampton (fr ...more

Physics Comes to the Defense of Modern Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-28-11
If Duchamp's "Standard Stoppages" lampooned the precise measuring systems of scientists, a Harvard mathematician is now doing something of the opposite for Jackson Pollack: rescuing him from the perception that abstract expressionists are just random paint-slingers. Through a close data analysis ...more

The Scent of Belle Haleine
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-27-11
Can the smell of Duchamp's famous perfume be reconstructed? The blog "Olfactory Art" tells all. Unfortunately, even OSX Lion doesn't come with scent-receptors. Time for Steve Jobs to team up with William Gibson... ...more

Picabia's 391, up for sale, sold.
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-26-11
Francis Picabia's magazine, 391, showcased the one time dadaist's eroto-mechanomorphic diagrams and his anti-aesthete's wisdom. (It still exists in fact, in bastardized digital form Three of the more historical issues went on the market recently, and were offered for around $900 ...more

Indifference: the Musical Score
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-25-11
This composer and nonsense aficionado Gary Bachlund sets a short, meaningless verse (cited, or curated, by Douglas Hostfadter in his excellent Metamagical Themas), to a tongue-in-cheek arrangement of chromaticism and diatonic sextuplets. ...more

Surrealist Lab: In Search of Automatism (part 1)
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-24-11
In a recent post, "With A Lunatic Gesture We Forsook Jujitsu" (Automatism A), I tried my hand at some automatic writing. This was a practice codified by the Surrealists under the direction of Andre Breton, but its provenance dates to long before that. Its purpose has depended on the histor ...more

Cao Fei's "Whose Utopia"
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-23-11
Among contemporary world artists, the Guangdong new media and video artist Cao Fei is among the most intriguing explorers of the boundaries between the fantastical, the global/political and the everyday. Her recent work "Whose Utopia" unquestionably steals the show at the new Deutsche Gugg ...more

Painting with James Hyde and a Weekend at Mount Tremper Arts
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 07-22-11
Why painting?  Or, what is it exactly about the act of lathering, or perhaps even feathering or spilling, paint upon a surface that has intrigued artists, critics, thinkers, and aesthetes alike for thousands of years?  And whatever that origin may be, does it grip us in the same way today, ...more

An Interesting Critique of John Cage
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-21-11
"Music is sound. Some sounds may be music. Silence is the medium in which sounds and music are expressed. Spare me the next crackpot offering of themes and variations on silence. The deaf have ways of understanding sound and appreciating music. Tell me how you would convey the artisitic mer ...more

With A Lunatic Gesture We Forsook Jujistsu (Automatism A)
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-20-11
With a lunatic gesture we forsook jujitsu. Etwas unterscheiden zwischen werden Erde gesehen. The politics of underwriting that I have reclaimed, forsooth my shakespearean liege, a league embedded in the first strategy when I set out for champions, however it may have otherwise seemed. When the nativ ...more

Secrets of 20th Century Music
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-19-11
  "One of the things that people don't realize about Dad's kind of music is, when you replace a C-sharp with a gunshot, it has to be a C-sharp gunshot or it sounds awful." Spike Jonze Jr., as quoted by Thomas Pynchon ...more

And The Nominees for Le Prix Marcel Duchamp 2011 Are...
By Lucy Li
posted: 07-18-11
Each year, one French artist is awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp. It does not garner quite the media buzz as the Turner Prize does, but the nominees do get a chance to exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art of Lille for two months, and the winner will have his or her own exhibi ...more

How To Take A Duchamp Road Trip
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-17-11
Step 1: Drive to the Philadelphia Art Museum, see the Large Glass and peek like a pervert through the wooden wall at "Entant Donnes." Chuckle at puns like "Fresh Widow." Step 2: Drive around the rest of the country, looking at waterfalls, landscapes, women, bachelors, machines, ...more

Stephen Colbert Suggests Gitmo Might Be Conceptual Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-16-11
July 14th, 2011: Stephen Colbert proves yet again the edginess of his political satire, making his audience audibly uncomfortable with this strangely avant-garde speculation:   "It now occurs to me, could all of Gitmo, in fact be one giant art installation? Take our enemies from the ston ...more

Arthur C. Danto: on Hegel and Duchamp
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 07-15-11
Arthur C. Danto's conceptions of "the end of art" and "posthistoricism" were quickly adopted as catch-phrases and widely misunderstood by the art world of the eighties and nineties.  He did not mean, however, that art could no longer be made, accomplished, nor that any crite ...more

How a Situationist "Draws"
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-14-11
British architecture student Ji Soo Han recently made a "Situationist Drawing Device (shown below)" What exactly does this mean? Situationism, the brainchild of expressionist painter Asger Jorn and filmmaker Guy Debord (both accomplished theorists and provocateurs), was in many ways th ...more

Few Have Explored This Bewildering Territory
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-13-11
"The privileged realm located in the boundary-zone between the three fields of power, religion and semiotics...Few people have explored this bewildering territory (by definition a no-man’s land of imagination) with the same energy as René Magritte, the bourgeois surrealist dressed i ...more

Duchamp's Funeral
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-12-11
Duchamp's Funeral: posted by darksilenceinsuburbia. liked by structuredstructure. really liked by hyperbolicdude reblogged by yourlaughlinesareshowing. reliked by themasquerademind reposted by newjerseykeepmybones brought to you by the contemporary art blog. rebrought to you by marcelduchamp ...more

For The Reading List: Man Ray's Montparnasse
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-11-11
It’s no easy task for a work of history to dish all the gossip you want hear and still manage to seem culturally and sociopolitically substantial. Man Ray’s Montparnasse, by Herbert Lottman (2001) does just this. Suitable for the beach or the classroom, it manages to maintain the p ...more

Parisian Gallery Focuses on Multiples and Editions in New Show
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-10-11
Perrotin, a gallery on Rue Turenne, in Paris that represents Tatiana Trouve and Matthew Day Jackson among other top contemporary artists, is currently hosting a exhibition entitled "Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, and Takashi Murakami: A History of Editions." By way of inciting general refle ...more

Oops, They Did It Again
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 07-09-11
During the last hundred years or so there have been numerous attempts, successful and unsuccessful, by pranksters and artists alike, to leave their mark—in other words, urinate—on Duchamp’s upturned Fountain.  On the 17th of this month, the latest attempt aired on a Youtube ch ...more

Aren't You Bored By Duchamp's Legacy?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-08-11
“Aren’t you concerned that the dialectical equation of art and anti-art might have congealed into a perverse tautology, now that even the middle class collects its products? Aren’t you bored by the phoniness of a good part of Duchamp’s legacy? Don’t you feel the powerle ...more

Beyond Nude Chess: Eve Babitz Embodied Bygone L.A.
By Lucy Li
posted: 07-07-11
The photograph of Marcel Duchamp playing chess with a nude Eve Babitz has become one of most iconic images of the French artist. In a gallery filled with his works, a well-dressed, gentle-looking Marcel sits opposite a young, voluptuous woman. Her face retreats behind her bangs but her posture ...more

Eye Drawing: Paysant's Art Comes Directly From the Head
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-06-11
Bypassing the question of the technical skill of the artist was a long-standing target of the Dada and Surrealist movements, from Jean Arp's stochastic collages to Duchamp's readymades, to the "automatic drawing machines" constructed by Jean Tinguely. Perhaps ironically (though perhaps sui ...more

Lee Miller: More than a Muse
By Jordan Baum
posted: 07-05-11
The new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, titled “Man Ray / Lee Miller, Partners in Surrealism,” showcases the long and complicated relationship between the two avant-garde artists. Bringing together the work of Ray, Miller and others from their close circle in an inter ...more

Games, Continued
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-04-11
"Games, which as operations are disjunctive, because they produce differentiating events, give rise to spaces where moves are proportional to situations. From the game of chess, an aristocratic form of the "art of war" which came from China and was brought by the Arabs into medieval W ...more

The Quotable Avant-Garde: On (Duchamp) Games and Pataphysics
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-03-11
  "The game is the Pataphysical overture to the world. The realisation of such games is the creation of situations. A crisis therefore exists, caused by the crucial problem which each Pataphysical adept must resolve: s/he must either apply the situlogic method and attack the condition ...more

Centuries Before Duchamp, Spanish King Elevated Chess Strategy to Occult Art
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 07-02-11
The deep affinity between chess and Marcel Duchamp is well known. It's not only that picture of him playing with a nude Eve Babitz, or the striking, abstract set he designed with his friend Man Ray, or even his official decision to abandon art production for a period of 20 years whilst cultivati ...more

How to Buy a Lawrence Weiner
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 07-01-11
If Hannah Weiner wrote a poetics that bore witness to a her schizophrenic environment, a spectacle of linguistic topologies, Lawrence Weiner—member of the Postminimalist Conceptualism movement from the 1960s with others including artists Robert Barry and Sol LeWitt—actively constructs hi ...more

Sometimes Conceptualist Photographer Jeff Wall Charted Crooked Path Past Duchamp
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-30-11
Today among the most prominent photographers exhibiting in the world, Jeff Wall has navigated a complex route towards the goal of making large-scale photography safe for top art museums. Along the way he has incorporated influences from classic photography (portraiture, documentary, photo-essay) ...more

An Epitaph for Immortality: Dali on Potsdamer Platz
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-28-11
After crumpling up that poster of The Persistence of Memory for post-college interior redecoration, the specter of an anti-Salvador Dali backlash presents itself. It's all too easy to decide that the wax-mustachioed Spanish showman was a commercial, cliched hype-machine and somehow your adolesce ...more

Virtual Duchamp and The Paradox of Art Spaces
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-26-11
Earlier this month I wrote about the journalist Yoav Sivan, who submitted a Duchampesque art concept to the Columbia Arts Initiative exhibition at Lincoln Center: calling his work "The Restroom of King Francis," he proposed to build a replica of the Louvre hall that contains the Mona Lis ...more

Dollar Store Project Pays Tribute to the Readymade in Texas
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-25-11
When Duchamp's confederate wrote in defense of Fountain that the only works of art America had given the world were its plumbing and its bridges, she might have been remiss not to mention the Dollar Store. This mini-mall staple is a bona-fide USA original: no other culture could have spawned the ge ...more

Augmented Reality Fertile Ground for Contemporary Surreal?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-23-11
Wired magazine's"Beyond the Beyond" blog has kept up a fairly good tally of forays into Augmented Reality, meaning technology-aided fusions of our virtual and terrestrial worlds. Past entries have included a "Top Owl" helmet offering synthetic digital visual aids for pilots, a ...more

The Color of Dreams
By Carol Berens
posted: 06-21-11
There is something about surrealism that inspires people to cast off their inhibitions, act out their dreams and fantasies, play with words, and invent bad puns. That is exactly what the organizers of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s major summer show, The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist ...more

Duchamp Mix Tape
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-20-11
McSweeney's Internet Tendency just published, as is their wont, an entire biography of Marcel Duchamp made only of pop single titles. (I'm listening to it now on Grooveshark.) How many of the references do you get? (By Dorothy Gambrell) Side A “Parisian,” Brent’s TV “Ho ...more

The Assemblage Alive and Well in, For Example, Virginia
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-19-11
Assemblage, or sculptural construction utilizing found or mixed materials, was one of the most radical genres invented by the early 20th Century Avant-Gardes. It became a staple of the output of such figures as Marcel Duchamp, Dada's Raoul Haussman, the Constructivist Vladmir Tatlin, and the America ...more

Yoav Sivan and The Restroom of King Francis
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-13-11
Yoav Sivan is not primarily an installation artist, but rather a journalist, who recently graduated from the Columbia Journalism School and has written about politics and gay rights for the Huffington Post, The Guardian, Haaretz and Moment Magazine. But he recently decided to enter the conceptualist ...more

Concrete Utopia, and a poem from the Editor
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-11-11
Concrete Utopia, a "collaborative project space" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is emerging as an intriguing site for the examination of the legacy of 19th and 20th Century aesthetic and political discourses; though it is also, of course, squarely forward-looking. Their current show (and print ...more

Cow Clicker: a Fountain for a New Generation of Online Gaming?
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 06-08-11
Previously on, we posed this question: whether Marx remains inescapable to the formulations of subversion fundamental to the survival of an avant-garde in the present day. Certainly, structuring a leftist mode of critical thought in an era, no longer modern and no longer even pos ...more

The God-Trap in the Young European Landscape
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-05-11
"The Young European Landscape", an upcoming exhibition at the Galerie Wolfsen Aalborg D.K. to be curated by Uwe Goldstein, aims to revive the landscape genre as a "framework for the reception, coordination and mirroring of our present-day lifeworld," with painting, photography ...more

Does the Avant-Garde Need Marx?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 06-03-11
It's official: Marx is back. At least that seems to be an increasingly acceptable veiwpoint within mainstream, English-speaking intellectual circles that would've not so long ago viewed the great 19th Century economic and political thinker as no more than a passe obsession of the Cold War era, a fet ...more

Bill Berkson Dreams
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 06-02-11
Stereotypes, whether true or false, would like to have us believe that poets, perhaps above all others, record their dreams for beauty, self-indulgence, or posterity.  However, the poets interested in the dream and the logic of the subconscious today, are perhaps not the same poets that inherit ...more

On Pharmaceutical Conceptualism
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-30-11
To my nearly-non-existent collection of avant-garde and contemporary art has been added a small conceptualist gem: a single translucent red pill inside a plastic bag labeled: Speak, write and read perfect German "inmiatly" (sic). It's by the excellent painter and documentary photo- and vid ...more

Weston's Aesthetic Vision Poses Alternate Modernist Path
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-29-11
"The only works of art America has given are her plumbing and her bridges," (probably) wrote Beatrice Wood, an American modern artist and lover of Duchamp, defending the signed urinal he had submitted to the Salon des Independants in 1917. The legacy of the urinal is often underst ...more

The Importance of Drinking and Smashing Innumerable Bottles on a Giant Pile of Beer, until It's Gone that Is
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-26-11
It's not an out and out characteristic, or quite a trend, but in the German capital they do seem to love heaps. Perhaps it's because the 350-mile-city itself is so devlishly flat. One of the tallest mountains around is Teufelberg or "Satan's Hill," the tremendous aggregation of warti ...more

De la Mora and the Fragile Object
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 05-23-11
40 year old Mexican artist, Gabriel de la Mora, has shocked, humored, and helmed the Central American conceptual art scene for a number of years now. His pieces are composed from an astonishing amount of different media and materials ranging from 'drawings' composed from human hair stra ...more

Reappraising Rodin's Work at the Musee Rodin
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 05-18-11
About a week ago an exhibit on modernist French sculptor Auguste Rodin opened at the eponymous Musee Rodin in Paris. As beautiful and monumental as Rodin's work may be, the appeal of the show lies as much in the fresh approach its curators have undertaken to shed a new critical light on the a ...more

And the Avant-Garde Gesture of the Micro-Epoch Belongs to: You?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-16-11
When I think back on the past several years, as to whether there was any artist who came forward with a move that resonated in that the-world-before-and-after, you-can-only-do-it-once sort of way (like say, Duchamp's submission of a urinal to the Salon Des Independants): well, the only thing that re ...more

Fluxus, the Sprightly Godchild of Duchamp, Retrospectivized at Dartmouth
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-15-11
Fluxus, the sprightly Godchild of Duchamp, has endless quantities of material around that will keep scholars and enthusiasts of conceptualism, antics, hijinks, and the general dada spirit busy for many years to come. A new exhibit at Dartmouth's Hood Museum: "Fluxus and the Essential Question ...more

Markopoulos, Late Doyen of Avant-Garde Film To Have Final "Tenemos"
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-14-11
In Paul Auster's novel, the Book of Illusions, a silent movie star pulls a disappearing act after a terrible personal tragedy, and ends up at a secret location making genre-bending, rule-breaking films (which he would subsequently order burned Kafkaesquely). Later, a grief-struck scholar gets pull ...more

In Defense of the Sharjah Art Biennial
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 05-13-11
The Sharjah Biennial, the oldest and most respected biennial in the Middle East hosted by the eponymous Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates, is about to close its doors this Sunday, May 16. It remained opened for two months, and has, in that brief time, also become the focus of a ...more

Revitalized and Analyzed: Elisofon's Duchamp Descends a Staircase
By Jenny Fan
posted: 05-08-11
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Allison Pappas, the 2010-2011 Judith M. Lenett fellow in Williams College’s Graduate Program in the History of Art will speak about her efforts in restoring three early twentieth-century prints at this spring’s Judith M. Lenett Memorial Lecture.  Pappas will d ...more

How Man Ray Took on Lautreamount
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 05-03-11
In a recent post I compared Duchamp's assemblage of the bicycle wheel atop the stool to the Comte de Lautreamont (aka Isidore Ducasse)'s notorious saying: "as beautiful as the chance meeting of an umbrella and a sewing machine on a table." The latter, I argued, was radically disjunctive in ...more

The Great Peeps Extravaganza: A Duchamp edition
By Jenny Fan
posted: 05-02-11
Pioneer Press, a daily running out of St. Paul, just concluded its 2011 Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps Diorama and Video Contest. . For those of you who do not keep up with local news in St. Paul, Minnesota or with the near cult favorite kingdom of Peeps, the Peeps Diorama contest has be ...more

"Who's Your Dada?": Com&Com Commission a Readymade Baby
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 04-30-11
Com&Com's latest project offers to bring a work of art to life. Or perhaps, it would be more apt to say that they aim to transform life into a work of art, quite literally. Last month, the Swiss arts duo, comprised of Marcus Gossolt and Johannes M. Hedinger, proposed this unusual arran ...more

Duchamp Owns Everything
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-29-11
Several nights ago, I ate dinner at the apartment of a couple who had pasted a copy of the famous "Art History Poster," up in their bathroom (so there was plenty of time to study it while digesting potato strudel and too much wine). It's the print with a long laundry-list of artists define ...more

Warhol's Self-Portrait to sell at Christie's
By Jenny Fan
posted: 04-27-11
Before Warhol was Warhol, there was Duchamp.  In fact Andy Warhol (1928-1987), the arbiter of Pop Art and cool, was greatly influenced by Duchamp’s ready-made concept and redefinition of art.  He was the high priest of engaging “ready-made” objects, perhaps photos, with t ...more

Vassar Students Explore the Dizzying Effects of Duchamp's Rotoreliefs
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-24-11
What's part turntable, part optical-art, part children's toy? A Duchamp rotorelief: a colored, spiral-patterned disk the artist designed to create a three-dimensional visual effect when spun (hence the term "relief"). Duchamp designed them in 1935, and tried unsuccessfully to sell them, n ...more

Jodorowsky Contends with the Surrealist Ego
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 04-22-11
Those who are not yet familiar with Alejandro Jodorowsky's works would do well to check them out. His surreal, and Surreal, films have always artfully, and pleasurably, wreaked havoc upon their viewers' minds. They are always monstrous to behold and can be absolutely devastating to watch a ...more

Artist Gets Into the Head of Duchamp, literally
By Jenny Fan
posted: 04-21-11
Marcel Duchamp’s gesture of drawing a mustache and a goatee on the Mona Lisa in L. H. O. O. Q. (1919) redefined art and our perception of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  At first glance, or using Duchampian rhetoric, “retinal art,” we see only the sexual ...more

The Irony of Institutions: What the Battle over Kafka Can Tell Us about Duchamp (and vice-versa)
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-20-11
Duchamp, Kafka. Kafka, Duchamp. Seemingly an odd pairing, though both famed modernists. But bear with me. Duchamp was many things, but always French. Kafka on the other hand, wasn't Czech or German. In fact, neither country existed when Kafka was doing the bulk of his writing. The author lived in t ...more

Alfred Jarry Celebrated in Philadelphia
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 04-18-11
The first of April marked the opening of The Insolent Eye: Jarry in Art at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Beautifully curated, it fulfilled its promise: "to recreate the beguiling atmosphere of Jarry's absurdist scenarios" and ground them in a "historical prologue." In ...more

Picasso's Super-Readymade?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-16-11
A little while ago on this site I mentioned Flavorwire's slideshow of modern and contemporary bicycle art (, and noted a few omissions. However, I neglected one of the most significant contributions to the field: Picasso's " ...more

New History of Puns Rehabilitates Key Avant-Garde Device
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-14-11
Can't get enough of puns? Do your friends start to cringe and gag when you bust out your idea of a quality joke in their presence? Maybe next occasion, gift them a copy of "The Pun Also Rises," forthcoming from champion punner and communications expert John Pollack. The book seems bent ...more

recommend: Found Sound
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-12-11
For fans of Duchamp, John Cage, and the readymade, this unassuming tumblr is worth a peruse. "Found- sound" collects miscellaneous abandoned recording cartridges, displaying photographs of the casette tapes in various states of disrepair, along with excerpts from the audio contained within ...more

Avowed Conceptualism (Gone Awry?) in Berlin
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-11-11
Outside my apartment in Berlin is Schloss Charlottenburg, a large Baroque palace once occupied by Friedrich the Great, and its manicured grounds hat were designed to ape the gardens at Versailles. Further into the "Schlosspark" is a tangle of woods and wildlife home to sleek foxes and ...more

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

Local Ready-Mades at Vintage Hardware
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-24-11
On March 12th, Vintage Hardware, a hardware and design shop in Astoria, Oregon contributed to the city's 2nd annual Saturday Art Walk by hosting a one-night-only exhibit displaying found art by students from the nearby Clatsop Community College. The burgeoning artists cited, among others, none ...more

India's Tata Nano to follow the trajectory of Duchamp's Fountaine?
By Jenny Fan
posted: 03-23-11
Any purported parallel trajectory between Marcel Duchamp’s Fountaine (1918) and India’s Tata Nano may strike many as odd.  After all, what does the most infamous urinal that rocked the art world in the twentieth century has in common with a compact car produced in India in the twent ...more

Man Ray's underexposed Muse, Lover and Colleague takes the Stage.
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-22-11
Never attaining the name recognition she deserves, the intrepid photographer Lee Miller cut a swath through the 20th century that few, male or female, can equal. Her life story traversed some of its central dramas: artistic, stylistic, technological, humanitarian, geopolitical. It also included a nu ...more

The Center for Olfactory Art Presents...
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-20-11
Marcel Duchamp is credited with composing the first ready-made, Fountain, in 1917 and the first art installation, Etant-Donnes (1946-1966). In 1938, however, Duchamp also created what was one of the world's first olfaction-based installations for the International Surrealist Exhibition at the Be ...more

shenanigans in Washington Square
By Jenny Fan
posted: 03-19-11
This picture of Duchamp was caught on the linked webpage by kismet. It brought to mind the story Ralph Gardner of the Wall Street Journal had recently chronicled about his adventure inside the Washington Arch.  According to Parks department head preservationist John Krawchuck, Duchamp and his c ...more

Flavorwire Surveys Bike Art Since Duchamp
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-18-11
"Did the non-functional bike craze begin with Marcel Duchamp?" asks Flavorwire, referring to the bicycle wheel M.D. famously mounted upside down on a stool in 1913, creating what was most probably the first kinetic sculpture. There's no question that creative bike culture is hot. At Cri ...more

Huws of the "Word Vitrines" Brings Duchamp to (Forest) Life
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-17-11
"Piss Off I'm A Fountain," read the eponymous "word vitrine" of Bethan Huws's 2008 London exhibition. The text was laid out in white-on-black on an announcement board, the kind you'd see at a post office or a university auditorium. It's actually kind of hilarious spoof on Duch ...more

O'Hara's Early Homage to Rrose Selavy
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-15-11
Poets and painters have been in dialogue since as far back as anyone can tell. But, for Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), the seminal New York School poet who worked as critic for Art News and curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York squat in the middle of the 20th century, art had been of esp ...more

nothingtoodoo, Terrence Koh
By Jenny Fan
posted: 03-13-11
The self-described “Naomi Campbell of the art world,” Terence Koh, has a new solo exhibit at the Mary Boone Gallery titled “nothingtoodoo.”  Koh’s past works include a gold-plated ornament of his excrement (Art Basel, 2008) that reportedly was sold for $500,000, a ...more

Marjorie Strider Paints a New Woman for Duchamp
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-12-11
Her work hasn't been exhibited in New York for fifteen years, but pop-artist Marjorie Strider has finally returned to Hollis Taggart Galleries where her much anticipated show opened on March 8th. Her art, happily, remains as we remember it. Bikini-clad women, painted in flat blocks of acrylic pa ...more

"Alias Man Ray" selected for Art Critics' Award
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-11-11
The Jewish Museum's 2009 exhibit "Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention" brought together an unprecedentedly broad spectrum of output by Marcel Duchamp's friend, co-conspirator and occasional portraitist, Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky). It also contextualized 20th century avant-garde pr ...more

Duchamp at the Great Upheaval, Guggenheim
By Jenny Fan
posted: 03-10-11
Guggenheim's new exhibit, "The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim's Collection" (1910-1918), tries to capture and encapsulate the eclectic and experimental art scenes that permeated Europe at the dawn of the tumultuous 20th century. Among the vanguard of this explosive&nbs ...more

Looking for Duchamp at the 2011 Armory Show
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-09-11
New York's largest premiere world art fair, The Armory Show, just closed its doors after a truly hectic and overwhelming weekend at Piers 92 and 94. Though the fair has been running every spring since its revival in 1994, this year it hosted a truly gargantuan number of contemporary and modern w ...more

Found Pop Detritus = Readymade?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-08-11
"Back in 1917, when Marcel Duchamp originated the notion of "found art" by attempting to enter a porcelain urinal into a gallery show as a piece of sculpture, he probably never imagined that someday, hundreds would gather in dark rooms to watch big-haired exercise videos, scary co ...more

Duchamp at the Anatomy/Academy, PAFA
By J. Fan
posted: 03-06-11
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in its new exhibition, Anatomy/Academy, in the Fisher Brooks Gallery in PAFA’s Hamilton Building, examines the interface of art and science and its continued role in expanding the frontiers of our knowledge of the human body.  The exhibition ce ...more

Marcel Dzama's Behind Every Curtain: Patterned by Duchamp
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-05-11
To say that Marcel Dzama, a French-Canadian favorite of the New York art world, was influenced by Duchamp's preoccupation with chess would not be wholly accurate. Walking through Dzama's latest show, Behind Every Curtain, at David Zwirner, leaves one with the sense that he has been seduced by Ducha ...more

"French Window" in Tokyo
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-04-11
The Mori Art Museum, way up at the top of the gleaming Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi,Tokyo, is about to host a new exhibit featuring the work of Marcel Duchamp, along with that of rising International art stars who have won the prize tendered in his name. The Prix Marcel Duchamp is a 30, ...more

See M.D. Move
By Jenny Fan
posted: 03-03-11
Legend has it that Duchamp denounced and abandoned painting in 1923, and chose to spend his time playing chess instead.   In the 02-27-11 post on, we saw how Scott Kildall, computer programmer and chess enthusiast, created a user friendly game that allows players to compe ...more

Malibu Discusses the Gesture Duchampian Fountains Can Make
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 03-02-11
In celebration of Malibu City, CA's March 28th anniversary, local councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich recalled Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (1917), a simple white porcelain urinal signed R. Mutt, when she nominated a community art project in which 20 recycled urinals, toilet seats, and sinks from the Mal ...more

Progenitor of cinema and Duchampian innovation at SFMOMA
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 03-01-11
Ever enjoyed a photo flip-book? You were on territory pioneered by the great proto-cinematographer Eadweard Muybridge. Muybridge made his mark on the late 1800's by using photographic series to analyze motion. He's most famous perhaps for resolving the question of whether horses raise all four h ...more

How many moves can you last against Duchamp?
By Jenny Fan
posted: 02-28-11
  Marcel Duchamp's unparalled innovation in avant garde art is paralleled by his equally impressive accomplishments in chess. Duchamp, a self-described "chess maniac," even sought to win the French Chess Championship, and although that dream never came to fruition, Duchamp represente ...more

L.H.O.O.Q.: In Bronze and Magnified
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 02-27-11
Often appropriating traditional household objects and using them as the base ingredient for large-scale sculpture projects, Subodh Gupta has garnered a significant amount of attention both within his native India and abroad. Gupta’s final installations--even when amassed from hundreds of simp ...more

Recreating Etant Donnes at Francis Naumann
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 02-26-11
Jasper Johns called Duchamp's Etant Donnes, a sculptural installation of a naked, lifelike female limply sprawled against a lush woodland landscape,  "the strangest work of art shown in any museum." Visible only through a peephole in a brick-rimmed wooden door, it  has been va ...more

Duchamp down the catwalk?
By Jenny Fan
posted: 02-25-11
Finally, Duchamp’s readymade bares itself down the catwalk at the just concluded London Fashion Week in the form of the urinal dress, a signature piece in Philip Colbert’s AW 2011 Rodnik Band Collection.  Colbert has compared his own Duchamp fascination with the inspiration of Mondr ...more

Freeing Art History with a Ready-Print Urinal?
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 02-24-11
Thanks to the efforts of Rob Myers and cwebber, Duchamp’s infamous ready-made, Fountaine, can now be reproduced by anyone with a 3D printer and used in service of aesthetics, sanitation, or humor as seen fit. Though the updated version has been criticized for its dissemblance to the 1919 ori ...more

Noguchi at the Crossroad of the Century

posted: 12-20-10
The list of artists who collaborated with sculptor Isamu Noguchi is long and impressive: Brancusi, Kahlo, Gorky, Graham, Cunningham, Ernst, Duchamp and many, many more. A new exhibit at New York's Noguchi Museum examines his life and origins as an artist in the context of his relationships with his ...more

Susan Philipsz and the Non-Hidden Noise

posted: 12-07-10
The description of Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz as a "sound artist" is raising eyebrows among theoreticians who recall Marcel Duchamp's long shadow at the nexus between the ear and the retina -- which is to say, on the conceptual plane. Like Duchamp, Philipsz is a conceptual artist w ...more

Hanno Otten at JAGR

posted: 12-01-10

Covering the Walls with History

posted: 11-29-10
An ongoing exhibit of wallpaper in Lausanne highlights a provocative design by Swiss artist Rudolf Herz: alternating portraits of Marcel Duchamp and Adolf Hitler, both photographed by Heinrich Hoffmann. The wallpaper, called Zugzwang -- a forced move in chess -- has prompted comparisons between the ...more

"Pimping" the Fountain

posted: 11-24-10
Texas sculptor Anthony Thompson Shumate has created a series of objects named after -- and arguably inspired by -- the eternal phrases often recited to artists in lieu of criticism or conventional wisdom. The "pimped out" urinal on display (to use the Houston Press critic's phrase) at the ...more

New York Art Thief Apprehended

posted: 11-23-10
A New York City chauffeur has been convicted of stealing more than $3 millino in art and other possessions from an elderly poet and Pulitzer heir. James Biear stole artwork including Duchamp's playing card "Mona Lisa," Francis Picabia's portrait of Jean Cocteau and Andy Warhol's ketchup-in ...more

Duchampian Alchemy in New Jersey

posted: 11-22-10
A 3,000-square-foot rural New Jersey house has become what the owner/decorator considers "the museum of the new alchemy" due to its many Duchampian flourishes: found objects as trim, readymade sculpture and even ironic plumbing. The architect attributes his inspiration to Beatrice Wood, &q ...more

The Aesthetics of Chance

posted: 11-18-10
The Prague Post has a glowing review of Hebert Molderings' new study of the impact of random encounters on Duchamp's artistic production, Duchamp and the Aesthetics of Chance. While the review begins with a salute to the again-ubiquitous urinal, it quickly drills down into the deeper implications of ...more

Hiroshi Sugimoto Pays Electric Tribute

posted: 11-16-10
Mr. Sugimoto, best known as a photographer, has assembled various "assisted" readymades that combine his love of Marcel Duchamp's career with electricity. The rest is a collection of "bachelor machines" that dazzle, intrigue and even startle from time to time. These wheels not on ...more

"Mustached Mona Lisa" Sells at Christie's

posted: 11-12-10
No. 21 of a limited edition of 35 copies of L.H.O.O.Q. sold recently at Christie's in New York for $452,000, roughly five times as much as the auction house expected. The image -- hand-doodled by the artist on an existing mass-market reproduction -- comes from the collection of Robert Shapazian, whi ...more

Sotheby's Selling a Man Ray Original

posted: 11-10-10
Next Friday, an auction of rare photographs in the Paris Sotheby's includes a treat for Marcel Duchamp fans: an original portrait of the artist by lifelong collaborator Man Ray, consigned by the Duchamp family itself. The item, bearing Ray's original Parisian stamp, is expected to fetch bids in the ...more

Hide/Seek, Rrose Selavy?

posted: 11-05-10
A new exhibition at Washington's National Portrait Gallery, "Hide/Seek," surveys homoerotic art and, by extension, the signs of transgressive sexuality hidden in apparently heteronormative portraiture. As such, the inclusion of a transvestite portrait of Marcel Duchamp by lifelong friend M ...more

Erwin Wurm, Meet Mr. Mutt

posted: 11-04-10
While arguably not "retinal" art in a conventional sense, the abstractly absurdist sculpture of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has few explicit points of contact with the rarefied concepts and anti-reification of much contemporary Duchamp scholarship. Wurm's appropriation of the famous Fountai ...more

Duchamp: First of the Napster Generation?

posted: 11-03-10
The Web makes nearly all of us digital pirates whether we try to avoid appropriating copy-protected material or not. Every Youtube video that makes use of pre-existing footage, every snippet of pre-recorded sound, every famous image clipped and copied into a blog is fraught with both legal and metap ...more

Back to the Chess Game . . . Down Under

posted: 10-28-10
The Bendigo Art Gallery, located near suburban Melbourne, is hosting both the global Art of Chess exhibition and a special Australia-oriented show spotlighting local artists' interactions with the game that famously distracted Marcel Duchamp from the art world . . . and drove him to cross the world ...more

Melancholia and the Bachelors Even

posted: 09-20-10
Critic Gabriel Josipovici is making a few waves by drawing what some call a "bravura" link between Dürer’s Melancholia and Duchamp's Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. But how? For the answers, as yet, one must read his latest book, but the shared presence of so-called ...more

Sculpture for Traveling

posted: 09-15-10
The Sculpture for Traveling, Duchamp's 1918 camera-composed "sculpture," has received new attention recently thanks to the New York Museum of Modern Art's "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture" retrospective. Over and above the Duchampian questions of what constitutes the ...more

Duchamp at El Bulli

posted: 09-09-10
Marcel and Teeny Duchamp were privileged -- or maybe the balance of honor swings the other way around -- to eat the "deconstructed cuisine" at noted restaurant El Bulli. If Duchamp pioneered an art that lurks beyond the "retinal," then Ferran Adria arguably explores a cuisine tha ...more

Duchamp and the Mandarins

posted: 09-08-10
A special exhibition at the Israel Museum juxtaposes Duchamp's "Waistcoat for Benjamin Peret" with embroidered Chinese mandarin robes as part of an interrogation of the cultural determination of art. If a "readymade" garment is art, then does that aura translate? ...more

Saying the Least about Marcel Duchamp

posted: 09-07-10
One of the most extraordinary online essays on the subject of Duchamp -- in or outside the precincts of -- is Yakov Rabinovich's "Duchamp: To Say the Least." From silent comedy to the arch negations of Voltaire (and wheeling back again), this study of how Duchamp's career inte ...more

Duchamp DIY Paris

posted: 09-06-10
As a motto, "do it yourself" covers models of production ranging from the arts & crafts movement to IKEA, and from the Sex Pistols to Marcel Duchamp's readymades. The flagship DIY store in France, BHV, is paying tribute to the readymade aesthetic -- "assisted" and otherwise - ...more

Witch's Cradle Returns to Brooklyn

posted: 09-03-10
Marcel Duchamp was a seminal figure in the avant-garde film world for decades. In 1943, he appeared in a rarely seen short directed by Maya Deren in connection with the Guggenheim "Art of the Century" exhibit. After too long unscreened, this footage -- along with other experimental films o ...more

Peggy Guggenheim, the Movie?

posted: 09-01-10
A feature film about the life of Peggy Guggenheim, legendary modern art collector, patron and friend of Marcel Duchamp -- not to mention one-time bride of Max Ernst -- is moving into the development stage. Eleanor Cayre is onboard to lead the project through its early phases along with award-winning ...more

Deconstructing Duchamp

posted: 08-26-10
The popular show "Seduction of Duchamp" is coming to the Museums of Los Gatos. While many exhibitions inadvertently become a showcase of Duchamp tributes and swipes, this one wears its influence proudly. Chess demonstrations, lectures and other events add to the ambience. ...more

Reassembling the Readymade

posted: 08-24-10
Chinese artist Zhou Wendou has made his name breaking down barriers between the mass object and the art object, or between the useful and the useless. The Duchampian slant of his aesthetic is on display -- or rather, not on display -- in his recent untitled demolition of a copy of the Fountain and r ...more

Bearded Ladies of Minnesota

posted: 08-23-10
A recent benefit gala for the Minnesota Institute of Art featured a circus theme and such diversions as bearded ladies on display and a "wheel of dada" spinning for unique and fetishistic prizes. As local society columnist Maura Ryan put it, "Marcel Duchamp has my back." ...more

Varian Fry: Savior of Thousands (Including Duchamp)

posted: 08-19-10
New evidence reveals that American journalist Varian Fry, who went to Marseille in 1940 with "a checkbook and a list of 200 names," ended up saving some 4,000 people -- including the leading lights of the then-banned surrealist movement -- from the Nazi regime. Fry helped smuggle Chagall, ...more

'Twisted Pair' Show Ending With a Flourish

posted: 08-17-10
The highly lauded "Twisted Pair" Duchamp-Warhol retrospective at Pittsburgh's Warhol Museum will end on September 11-12 with a gala symposium of thoughts from scholars like Francis Naumann and Hal Foster and a recital of the music of Duchamp associate John Cage. Not to be missed. ...more

Rijksmuseum Celebrates Jacques Villon

posted: 08-16-10
Marcel Duchamp's brother Gaston, who painted under the name Jacques Villon, will be the subject of a special exhibition co-curated by the Amsterdamn Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Villon is best known as a neo-impressionist, but the exposure should put his work into a larger context. (Opening ...more

The Duchampian Rebus

posted: 08-12-10
Letter and word play is omnipresent in the Duchampian universe. From Rose Selavy and her noteworthy failure to sneeze to L.H.O.O.Q. and the Fresh Widow, Duchamp's titles occupy absurd, almost self-canceling linguistic spaces of their own. In the company of images and objects, they take on an even le ...more

Another Look at VVV

posted: 08-11-10
The 1943 "VVV" portfolio of surrealist art and ideas, co-edited by Marcel Duchamp, is rightfully considered one of the highlights of the movement's New York period. An exhibition of images from that era -- currently at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art -- opens up the extremely limited edition (2 ...more

Uncomfortably Reverential?

posted: 08-09-10
The Boston-area DeCordova Sculpture Park has created an iPhone app that allows visitors to eavesdrop on pre-recorded auto-commentary on the pieces on display. Notably, the recorded critics found Ilan Averbuch's "Skirt and Pants (after Duchamp)" to be "uncomfortably reverential,&quo ...more

The Patron Saint of Readymades Strikes Again

posted: 08-05-10
Duchamp is invoked in reviews of Paris artist Claire Fontaine's new show in Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art. Like Duchamp, Fontaine enjoys the juxtaposition (and subtle manipulation) of everyday objects to create unique assemblies: stuffed tennis balls, bricks concealed in book jackets, coins wit ...more

Francesca Woodman and Marcel Duchamp

posted: 08-02-10
The Duchampian ghost hangs heavy over the work of photographer Francesca Woodman, who is often described as the visual arts' answer to Sylvia Plath. But if Plath needed an answer, then the persistence of mystery -- the infrathin sense that resolution is on the tip of the tongue or eye -- in Woodman' ...more

More from Christian Marclay

posted: 07-30-10
The New Republic notes that the work of "dilettante of near genius" Christian Marclay (currently at the Whitney Museum) is characterized by lightness deriving from the artist's admiration for Marcel Duchamp as both conceptual thinker and gamesman. Video demonstrates the similarities bette ...more

The Bride Strips Bare

posted: 07-29-10
Despite lackluster notices, a current video retrospective at the Whitney Museum offers at least one highlight -- Hannah Wilkes' 1976 performance piece, "Through the Large Glass." The short video both literalizes Duchamp's seminal assemblage as Wilkes plays the role of the "Bride" ...more

'Another World' Show Not Different Enough?

posted: 07-27-10
The Surrealists appear to have lost their power to shock the Scottish press. Reviews of the ongoing retrospective at the Edinburgh Dean Gallery have wavered between bewilderment and boredom, with a few dutiful explanations of how the Dalis, Magrittes and Duchamps on display fit into modern art histo ...more

Active Art, Passive Entertainment?

posted: 07-26-10
Duchamp looms large over debates about the role of the observer in art. Is the observer a passive non-participant willing to sit back and be entertained by the work, or is he or she an active partner in the experience? Naturally Duchamp would opt for the latter approach -- even though it renders the ...more

The Bell & The Glass

posted: 07-25-10
Christian Marclay's video tribute to the Liberty Bell and Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass treats the one object like the musical instrument it was intended to be and the other as a species of musical score -- that is, as the visual representation and record of sound.  While critics are mixed, the ...more

The Stolen Exhibit

posted: 07-22-10
"The ECHO exhibit at the Albright-Knox is about appropriation—borrowing, stealing, ripping off and recycling—in art, and opens with the two modern era pathfinders of the practice, Marcel Duchamp from the first part of the 20th century, and Andy Warhol from the second. "Ar ...more

Taking the Readymade Approach out for a Spin

posted: 07-21-10
Philadelphia-area artist Joe Dillon III invokes the legacy of Duchamp's readymades when explaining his mechanically assisted "spin art," but a closer spiritual ancestor may be the rotoreliefs. Dillon's art reproduces the chance operations of the rotating paint spray seen at carnivals on la ...more

Memories of Paik Nam-June

posted: 07-20-10
Shigeko Kubota, widow of pioneering video artist Paik Nam-June and a noted member of the Fluxus movement in her own right, has published a memoir of her married life. Details of her privileged relationship with Paik (and, of course, vice versa) emerge in the text. For example, apparently her install ...more

Lady Gaga Pays Tribute

posted: 07-15-10
Pop diva Lady Gaga, known for her ability to bridge high concepts with bawdy delivery, has paid a characteristically flashy tribute to the work of Marcel Duchamp by having a hand-inscribed urinal delivered to London fashion boutique The piece -- named Armitage Skanks after its in ...more

Uncurated Art Show Hits Snag

posted: 07-14-10
The "Artomatic" collective of several hundred Washington-area artists will not be able to exhibit together before 2011 at the earliest because, so far, no space large enough to contain their work has been contracted. (Reported early negotiations with a local junior high school may or may n ...more

Dennis Hopper, Duchampian

posted: 07-13-10
A major retrospective of the artistic career of late actor Dennis Hopper is receiving uneven reviews. After genuflecting to Hopper's apparent influences and enthusiasms -- a bit of Warhol here, an encounter with Duchamp there, Basquiat, Rauschenberg -- critics are almost invariably forced to reflect ...more

New Man Ray Found

posted: 07-12-10
Two lost Man Ray pieces -- one a mobile assemblage of wooden coat hangers, the other a postcard -- have turned up in Scotland as part of the Lee Miller / Ronald Penrose estate and will be exhibited in Edinburgh through January. If only lost Duchamp pieces could turn up so often! ...more

The Visual Art of John Cage

posted: 07-09-10
Indeterminacy -- in the sense used by Duchamp in the Standard Stoppages or the Musical Erratum -- was a core compositional value for John Cage. His visual work demonstrates similar impetus, from Not Wanting To Say Anything About Marcel onward. A major retrospective of Cage's paintings and other visu ...more

Both Sides of the 1917 Divide

posted: 07-08-10
Sculptor Derek Morris considers the 1917 exhibition of Fountain as the watershed of modern art, dividing studio-oriented work that went before from the conceptual work that has since conquered the art world. The Norfolk Contemporary Art Society's current show bridges the gap, with "assisted rea ...more

Echoes of Rrose

posted: 07-07-10
The small 1964 assemblage Why Not Sneeze Rose Selavy is on exhibit through October 10 at Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery, part of a retrospective show called "ECHO." What is exciting about this display of Why Not Sneeze is the emphasis placed on its textual dimension: mirrors allow vie ...more

Fountain in Scotland

posted: 07-06-10
The installation of one of Duchamp's Fountains in a new exhibition of dada and surrealist works at Scotland's National Gallery of Modern Art inspires plenty of local musing about how the sometimes florid sex-and-death conceptions of painters like Magritte and Miro plays into the Presbyterian milieu ...more

The Duchampian Echoes of Lindsey Price

posted: 07-05-10
Reflections on Duchamp -- the readymades, chance pieces and general "conceptual" art -- provide a solid backstop to the photography and installations of contemporary artist Lindsey Price. In fact, at least one critic seems more anxious to rehearse the Duchampian than the Pricean aspects of ...more

Dreams That Money Can Buy

posted: 07-02-10
Hans Richter's 1947 film Dreams That Money Can Buy was revived recently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger and Man Ray worked on the project, making it an extraordinary snapshot of a relatively brief moment in postwar t ...more

Duchamp and the Long Scroll of Huang Yong Ping

posted: 07-01-10
MOMA's newly reopened contemporary art galleries contain plenty of references -- oblique and direct -- to the role of Marcel Duchamp as father of conceptual art. One piece now on display is Franco-Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping's epic "Long Scroll," which cycles through his artistic geneal ...more

Soup Cans and Fountains

posted: 06-29-10
Marcel Duchamp was a significant influence on Andy Warhol. From the early readymades to the Pop Art masterpieces, the underlying line of thought is clear: everything can carry the aura of "art." Mass-produced objects can be "art." Advertising images can be "art." ...more

Bride of Bottle Rack

posted: 06-28-10
While the Fountain is often given pride of place among Duchamp's readymades, the Bottle Rack is the inspiration for a new glass work by Beth Lipman: the Bride. Five tiers of glass, references to the "large glass," a somewhat dark sensibility. ...more

Robert Shapazian Dies in Los Angeles

posted: 06-26-10
Noted art dealer and publisher Robert Shapazian, best known for stewarding the Gagosian Gallery of Beverly Hills since its founding, has died at age 67 of lung cancer. He was an influential Duchamp critic and, in his role as head of the Lapis Press, published innovative studies of Duchamp's work. ...more

'Surreal House' Weird Enough for Fortean Times

posted: 06-23-10
The Fortean Times, noted journal of the bizarre and uncommensurable, has guarded praise for the Barbican's "Surreal House" exhibition. The gallery spaces are the truly disorienting element of the show, writes Jen Ogilvie. The content -- like Duchamp's Please Touch repurposed as an erotic d ...more

The Uncollectable Duchamp

posted: 06-22-10
Is Marcel Duchamp one of the world's least collectible artists? The assertion seems odd given the numinous quality that every scrap of material associated with the artist has achieved in the marketplace, but while the relic hunters are active, supply is constrained. ARTINFO puts him on the uncollect ...more

New Realisms, Readymade in Madrid

posted: 06-18-10
An enlightening exhibit at Madrid's Museo Reina Sofia weaves together the ruptures of postwar art to focus on the interplay between readymade and spectacle in 1957 through 1962. Duchamp's shadow broods large over the whole, which is punctuated by the death of Jackson Pollack and the dawn of the publ ...more

The Museum of Good Ideas

posted: 06-17-10
Duchamp's "underground" career -- decades ostensibly away from the art world in pursuit of chess -- is a touchstone for youthful artist Mark Bloch, who has taken the gameboard out of the underground and bck into the museum gallery in his recent series, Storage Museums. There's an element o ...more

Stuckists versus the High Concept

posted: 06-15-10
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 belon ...more

Requiem for the Readydesigner

posted: 06-14-10
Tobias Wong, often considered a successor to the ironic aspects of Marcel Duchamp's career on the margins of art, killed himself late last month at the age of 35. He will be remembered for his "readydesigned" objects, which carry the readymade art concept into the marketplace of contempora ...more

Cage: Sound and Sculpture

posted: 06-12-10
The current show at BALTIC features a response from eight contemporary artists to a piece of work developed while Cage was at the New School of Social Research. And 60 years on, artists are still drawing inspiration from the avant garde composer’s life and work.(Through September 19.) ...more

God Save ... Tu m'?

posted: 06-10-10
Punk is theater, argues Stefany Anne Golberg, and dada was theater. How much does the iconic poster for the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" single owe to Duchamp's pioneering use of safety pins to hold Tu m' together? The pin pierces and intrudes on the picture plane, unifying the compos ...more

Fountain to Fountain

posted: 06-09-10
London's Whitechapel Gallery is exhibiting two versions of Duchamp's "Fountain" -- one of the porcelain replica "originals" and Sherrie Levine's cast-in-bronze tribute -- through September 5. The focus is on materials, corporeal reality, the body and its limitations.   ...more

Remembering Duchamp's Meal

posted: 06-07-10
Daniel Spoerri's work with food and its remains has recently returned to the public's attention as the now-80-year-old artist excavates a banquet he buried in 1983. The project has also reminded some critics of his noted "readymade" exhibition of the detritus of a meal served to Marcel Duc ...more

Rrose's Shoe (Large)

posted: 06-04-10
A bicycle wheel bisects Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Selavy in William Schinsky's shoe-based work "Duchamp/Selavy," on display in Palm Desert, California for much of this summer. As Schinsky points out, Duchamp was indeed a courageous gentleman who "did things out of the mainstream. ...more

Treating Kitchen Tools Like Readymade Treasure

posted: 06-03-10
The Duchampian idea of readymade as household tool abstracted from its useful context receives new nuances in Indian artist Subodh Gupta's "Chimta" series, which assembles thousands of steel bread tongs into monumental aggregates. One such piece, from 2003, will be auctioned off at Christi ...more

The Magic of Beatrice Wood

posted: 06-02-10
Notorious Duchamp collaborator Beatrice Wood recently won favorable notice in the New York Times for her "whimsical and playful" ceramic universe. The subversive and often erotic figural work apparently passed without notice but Duchamp scholars will likely find plenty of earthy humor froz ...more

Louise Bourgeois, 1911-2010

posted: 06-01-10
Louise Bourgeois, the noted sculptor who knew and worked with many of the seminal members of the surrealist group (including Marcel Duchamp), died Monday in New York. She was 98 years old and had been producing horrors, marvels and enigmas for seven decades.   ...more

Making a House Less Like Home

posted: 05-28-10
The Barbican gallery's "Surreal House" exhibit has opened and is drawing insightful reviews, most recently from the Financial Times. If the act of building and maintaining a home reflects the process of being in the world, then the surrealist project subverts that process by making "h ...more

Reinventing the Wheels

posted: 05-27-10
As the curator of a new show at Princeton's Paul Robeson Center of Art points out, sometimes progress is really a matter of circling back around to the origin, only to see the place for the first time. In other words, history can be all about reinventing the wheel. The show, which runs through July ...more

Readymade or Relic: The Economics of Fine Art

posted: 05-26-10
When collectors pay $10 million, $100 million or more for a numinous Picasso, Giacometti or Van Gogh, what are they buying? What value does the artist add through labor, vision, experience and, ultimately, signature? Why do objects with a peripheral or disputed association with a bankable body of wo ...more

Christian Boltanski and the Persistence of Duchamp

posted: 05-25-10
Recent critical reception of conceptual artist Christian Boltanski's work (such as No Man's Land, in which menswear is sifted endlessly) has struggled to invoke the legacy of Marcel Duchamp as patron of the "big questions" about the function of art, or at very least the instigator of the l ...more

A Twisted Pair: Duchamp/Warhol

posted: 05-24-10
The Andy Warhol Museum is holding a special retrospective of the connections between Warhol and Duchamp; as the museum promises, "many Duchamp works" are on loan from the Moderna Musee in Stockholm, and new archival material should generate new insights into how Warhol viewed Duchamp and h ...more

The Tzanck Check, Duchamp Bonds and Other 'Art Currencies'

posted: 05-21-10
The line between art and seigniorage, creation and currency fascinated Duchamp and was the focus of several minor works -- notably the Monte Carlo bonds and the little-discussed Tzanck Check of 1919 -- as well as major endeavors like the traveling salesman's Box in a Valise and other readymade repro ...more

Cincinnati Retrospective Highlights Cage and Others

posted: 05-20-10
A major exhibition of works from the Carl Solway Gallery's 48-year collection highlights the work of conceptual artists like Buckminster Fuller, Nam June Paik and especially John Cage. Solway, now 75, befriended Cage in the late 1960s and eventually published the composer's relatively little-known m ...more

Barbican Builds a Surreal House

posted: 05-19-10
Duchamp's latex breast beckons visitors to the Barbican's "Surreal House" exhibition this summer. In fact, the sculpture -- originally brought to bear as the cover to the 1947 "Surrealism in 1947" show catalog -- serves as the doorbell for a haunted structure designed by London a ...more

'Readymade' Washing Machine Offered at $5,000

posted: 05-18-10
Miami's Spinello Gallery recently exhibited a fully functional washing machine and attached clothes line signed by local artist Lee Materazzi and titled "Mother." Although the artist hopes its $5,000 asking price will make it accessible to casual collectors, it has as yet found no buyers d ...more

Stolen Fountain Chip on Display

posted: 05-17-10
A pair of Italian artists who spent two years pilfering fragments of various celebrated contemporary art objects are now exhibiting their collection of souvenirs under the heading "Stolen Pieces." Eva and Franco Mattes chipped, clipped and pried bits of works by Oldenburg, Beuys, Warhol, ...more

National Gallery Show Highlights Modernists

posted: 05-14-10
An exhibition opening this weekend at the National Gallery of Art highlights the interest of Deborah and Ed Shein in American modernist art. Among the works on display are Fresh Widow, an assisted and unusually complex replica readymade originally attributed to Rose Selavy. Notably, as the NGA catal ...more

Duchamp's Influence Reflected in Kathmandu

posted: 05-13-10
Nepali artist Kapil Mani Dixit alludes to Duchamp among other artistic luminaries in his upcoming show in Kathmandu, "Tribute to the Great Artists." Dixit's engagement with Picasso in particular is a constant in his work; other paintings executed in his distinctive Himalayan-influenced sty ...more

Last Original Chess Grandmaster Dies

posted: 05-12-10
Andor Lilienthal, the last of the original 27 grandmasters honored by the World Chess Federation in 1950, has died in Budapest at age 99. He regularly competed against Marcel Duchamp in tournament contexts and considered the artist the most talented chess player to come out of France. ...more

Sound and Sculpture

posted: 05-11-10
The emergence of sound art as a critical category has sparked new interest in the "imaginary sound sculptures" of Marcel Duchamp and his disciples like John Cage. Acoustic artist Susan Philipsz is even up for the Turner Prize. But how do these abstract soundscapes differ from the conventio ...more

Another Duchampian Tribute Wins a Prize

posted: 05-07-10
This seems to be the season for Duchamp-inspired sculpture to win awards at regional art exhibitions. Ontario sculptor Arne Roosman recently won the Victoria Wines Award for the "Homage to Marcel Duchamp" he entered in the Art Gallery of Bancroft's recent invitational show. Judge Allan O' ...more

Richard Jackson's Fountainous Bears

posted: 05-06-10
Often considered a "neo-Dadaist," sculptor Richard jackson enjoys punning themes, the deflation of "art" as a sublime category and intense primary color. His  Pump Pee Doo, currently on display in Vancouver, is generally considered a complicated reference to Marcel Duchamp&r ...more

The Artist as Prankster

posted: 05-04-10
The legend of Duchamp continues to evolve as it spreads over the world and across the decades. The Deccan Herald of Bangalore recently printed a fairly lengthy appraisal of the artist's career and influence that hits the high points of the Fountain's trajectory in particular. Sometimes it's good to ...more

Chocolate Grinder Tribute Wins Prize

posted: 05-03-10
Joseph Saccio won the "best in show" award at the recent Art of the Northeast competition for his "Flowers for Duchamp." The mixed-media sculpture looks back to the Chocolate Grinder in a new organic format. Playful but sadly non-functional. ...more

Banksy Film Evokes Duchamp

posted: 04-30-10
Reviews of the new film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" often invoke Duchamp as the patron saint of the deadpan artistic fake-out. While it would be simplistic to dismiss the Fountain as what the British would call a "piss take," there is something Duchampian in the play between sim ...more

Duchamp Runs Away With Christie's Sale
By Scott Martin
posted: 04-29-10
Duchampiania brought in $214,000 at Christie's recent New York sale of "Prints and Multiples," with seven of the eight works on the block fetching higher-than-expected prices. The centerpiece of the auction was a posthumous copy of the Boîte-en-Valise, which sold for $92,500; earlie ...more

Joan Bakewell Remembers Duchamp

posted: 04-28-10
Now 77, Joan Bakewell, the BBC news presenter who interviewed Marcel Duchamp in the summer of 1968, remembers him as one of the most "important" people she spoke with during her career. As she notes, Duchamp was "extraordinary, smiled a lot, smoked big cigars." The interview its ...more

Museum Mangles and the Fountain

posted: 04-27-10
A recent blog post listing various cases in which museum goers accidentally damaged art on display is amusing, but seems strangely silent where deliberate vandalism or "performance" is involved. Where's Tony Shafrazi's defacement of Guernica? All the efforts over the years to destroy the M ...more

Stalking the Infrathin

posted: 04-26-10
Although Duchamp's notes on the aesthetic concept he termed the "infrathin" (or in French, the infra-mince) are fragmentary, in their collective bulk they add up to a significant body of work describing otherwise unmeasurable nuances in art, language, life. Blogger Ethan has been collectin ...more

Drinking Champagne from the 'Fountain'

posted: 04-23-10
The Brooklyn Museum's annual gala featured plenty of surrealist-inspired edible art this year, including melting heads sculpted from cheese, a 20-foot Andy Warhol head filled with snack cakes and plenty of dead rabbits to explain painting to. While the champagne fountains were explicitly Duchampian ...more

Original Reproductions in Tel Aviv
By Scott Martin
posted: 04-22-10
A recent article on promises "'Original' Reproductions by Marcel Duchamp at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art" and provides a precis of the relationship between authenticity, "assistance" and the readymade that is both elegant and penetrating. However, "its context is ...more

Given: the Waterfall

posted: 04-21-10
The waterfall at Forestay is famous as the backdrop for Duchamp's final work, Etant donnes. But as yet, little formal research has been done on just why the artist picked this particular bit of landscape and what it means. (As the subtitle indicates, the two "given" premises of the work ar ...more

Roger Ebert Versus Video Games, Duchamp Against All?
By Scott Martin
posted: 04-20-10
In a somewhat bizarre dispute between film critic Roger Ebert and various advocates of video games as art, the shade of Marcel Duchamp has been invoked essentially to argue that "art is in the eye of the beholder." Most of these arguments have been perfunctory, but noted comic book theoris ...more

Picture Windows: The Fresh Widow, the Peephole, Conceptual Art

posted: 04-19-10
Brooklyn illustrator and MFA student Anne Emond says she spends "a lot of time thinking about Marcel Duchamp." Her musings about the artist's persistent fascination are delightful in their own right, but her claim that her own art is a "picture window" and so has nothing in comm ...more

Musical Sculpture and Sculptural Music

posted: 04-16-10
Composer Bill Fontana draws musical inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's description of the Large Glass as a form of "musical sculpture" in which sonic relationships can be preserved. While Duchamp applied "musical" principles to his malic forms, Fontana takes a "sculptural&quo ...more

Greetings from 'Daddaland'

posted: 04-15-10
Rubber stamps have a long history as a medium for cheap, easily reproduced and even "guerilla" art, with roots stretching back through the Fluxus movement to dada. A selection of stamps that originally appeared in Picasso "Daddaland" Gaglione's San Francisco gallery uncovers this ...more

Seoul Curator Vindicated

posted: 04-14-10
The former director of South Korea's National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kim Yoon-soo, has been ruled innocent of what the government claimed was wrongful conduct in the purchase of a copy of Duchamp's Boite-en-valise. Kim reportedly sent a broker a conditional memorandum of understanding that he w ...more

Fallis in Wonderland

posted: 04-13-10
The work of Abigail Fallis makes gestures toward both environmental and conceptual "relevance," but it is through Fallis' absurdist humor that these objects most immediately connect with the viewer. An upcoming show at London's Pangolin Gallery (through July 3) demonstrates this humor thro ...more

Duchamp and the Triumph of the Industrial

posted: 04-12-10
Almost a century after Duchamp unleashed the first readymades on the world, the industrial aesthetic -- whether simply reminiscent of the factory or truly "found" -- has in some sense conquered both the museum and the workshops of contemporary sculptors and, perhaps more importantly, has b ...more

With Hidden Noise

posted: 04-09-10
A blogger who recently visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art was struck by Duchamp's "assisted" readymades -- effectively assemblages -- and in particular the 1916 With Hidden Noise. Sadly the object can no longer be shaken, which makes its title (and the secret noisemaker inside) both po ...more

Pompidou Recreates the Workshop of Andre Breton

posted: 04-08-10
In conjunction with a more general exhibition of epochal works from its modern collection (1905-60), the Pompidou Center is dedicating a wall to art that was originally housed in Andre Breton's studio. Highlights include three Duchamp editions -- including copies of Why Not Sneeze Rose Selavy? and t ...more

Duchamp in the Marketplace

posted: 04-07-10
Debate over the authenticity and resale value of various Duchampian urinals -- copies, appropriations, relics or forgeries -- reveals anxieties around the art market that would otherwise have remained latent. If, as Reuters columnist Felix Salmon points out, the "market" determines the price of a wo ...more

The Retinal & the Triumph of Genre

posted: 04-06-10
As far as the mass art reproduction market goes, representation still rules. According to a recent article by art student Ide Bouldin, the best-selling genres of digital imagery are still conventional or expressionistic landscapes, with depictions of nudes, dogs, wildlife and other figures crowding ...more

'Until Something Else'...

posted: 04-05-10
In his correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz, Duchamp once applauded photography's power to "make people despise painting," but acknowledged that photography itself was only useful until something else comes along to make it, too, "unbearable." From this starting point, culture critic Francisco Ricar ...more

Bringing 'Something Else' to Kyoto
By Scott Martin
posted: 04-02-10
A major exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto (MOMAK) highlights many of retiring chief curator Shinji Kohmoto's "favorite" unclassifiable works of art from the collection, including several of Duchamp's readymades.In the exhibit catalog, Kohmoto alludes to these works, which are ...more

Tweet Nothings: Appropriations of Peter Ketchum

posted: 04-01-10
A new show at the Norfolk, CT library introduces new and old work by Peter J. Ketchum, a New York artist and gallery owner usually pigeonholed into the "folkpop" category. Antique picture postcards relettered and otherwise detourned. Duchampian jokes aplenty. (Through April 30; gala reception April ...more

From Shocking To Merely Poetic....

posted: 03-30-10
Appraisals of the work of Surrealist photographers point out that images that would once have been revolutionary statements of the modern now seem passively dreamlike, dated, nostalgic. ("Twilight Visions" will run at New York's International Center of Photography through May 9.) ...more

MOMA and the Readymade Concept

posted: 03-29-10
Although the Museum of Modern Art's acquisition of the "@" symbol raised eyebrows, the Duchampian overtones of bringing a piece of anonymous typography into the museum are obvious. The act tests the barrier between art and industrial design -- are all marks of punctuation theoretically worth contemp ...more

Unauthorized Fountains Make Waves
By Scott Martin
posted: 03-25-10
The philosophical ramifications of Marcel Duchamp's estate objecting to the circulation of unauthorized and unsigned copies of the epochal Fountain by Arturo Schwarz are not lost on The Economist. The often-wry weekly journal notes that while Schwarz, who sold a limited edition of 12 hand-crafted re ...more

Exhibitions in a Box

posted: 03-24-10
Independent Curators International has taken up the challenge posed by projects like Marcel Duchamp's Boite-en-valise to present suitcase-sized traveling exhibitions of art. These miniature art collections contain ephemera, video, archival materials and small-scale original works curated to allow d ...more

Starry Messenger

posted: 03-23-10
Those in central California may find food for thought at a UC-Davis lecture on "Marcel Duchamp's Comet Haircut and Astronomy" coming up next month. Design professor James Housefield will address the suggestive linkages between Duchamp's starry haircut, the artist's lifelong interest in optics, and o ...more

Duchamp and Type Treatment

posted: 03-22-10
Richard Kegler created his first font to reproduce Marcel Duchamp's handwriting for his graduate thesis on the Large Glass. Since then, his company P22 has developed hundreds of typefaces and a website that realizes the original thesis through animation.The Duchamp font is no longer available, so th ...more

The Shock of the New (Again)

posted: 03-19-10
The 1982 BBC series Shock of the New is often considered the greatest televised art program of all time, but its observations about post-impressionist artists and their concerns are unavailable on home video. However, out of Robert Hughes' sprawling five-hour epic, fragments -- like the eight-minute ...more

Last Tour for Cunningham Dancers

posted: 03-18-10
When Merce Cunningham, sometime collaborator with Marcel Duchamp, died last year, his will instructed that his eponymous dance company embark on one last tour and then, possibly, dissolve. That tour is going on now and will conclude on December 31 2011 -- at New York's Park Avenue Armory. After that ...more

Three-Minute Wonder: The 'Fountain' Returns

posted: 03-17-10
Film director Mike Figgis recently had the chance to install a copy of the notorious Fountain in a Liverpool restroom and recorded reactions from members of the public. The results were suggestive of generations of received critical response and, surprisingly, revealed often ignored aspects of the w ...more


posted: 03-16-10
A recent installation of Ida Applebroog's drawings everted the voyeuristic structure of Etant donnes by putting the naked ladies on the outside of the box; visitors were invited to peer inside the doorless "little sanctuary" -- a room of one's own -- at more of the art, which depicts Applebroog's ow ...more

A Glimpse into Montreal's New Dzama Show

posted: 03-15-10
A significant retrospective look at the diorama-driven career of Marcel Dzama offers some of the thrills of the wax museum along with more enduring grist for thought. Dzama's one-time signature installation Even the Ghost of the Past updates Etant Donnes in ways that both expand and circle back on t ...more

Duchamp Still has the Power to Shock
By Scott Martin
posted: 03-12-10
Nearly nine decades after Marcel Duchamp and Bronia Perlmutter posed nude as Adam and Eve, the image is still causing trouble. Readers of the Lubbock, TX Avalanche-Journal are debating whether an earthenware interpretation of Man Ray's original photograph is "offensive." Interestingly, the controver ...more

Design: From Found to Foundry

posted: 03-11-10
A new London exhibition of Ron Arad's readymade-inspired designs segments his work into the "scavenged" or found, the "rolled" or fabricated, and "tinkered" objects in between. This continuum of approaches to raw materials demonstrates his wit and, as the title of the show underlines, the artist's f ...more

Duchamp and Mail Art: SMS

posted: 03-10-10
In the 1960s, artists affiliated with the Fluxus movement bypassed the gallery system by mailing each other portfolios as boxed "exhibitions." Collector William Copley set up SMS, one of the more famous of these exchanges, which brought together an assortment of surrealists and younger artists: Opp ...more

The 'Nude' in a Cubist Context

posted: 03-09-10
The Philadelphia Museum of Art's current Picasso show reimagines a 1912-era Parisian cubist salon to include allied works like Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase. While the gesture may necessitate some license (the painting was neither exhibited with the cubists nor deeply "cubist" in its concern ...more

Richard Hamilton's 'Modern Moral Matters'

posted: 03-08-10
"As Duchamp's chief British cheerleader, Richard Hamilton influenced not one, not two, but three generations of creatives. Pop art we have noted already. The best British art of the 1970s, from Richard Long to Gilbert & George, was infected, too, by Duchampian logic. As for Brit Art, with its passio ...more

Red Grooms: Old Masters & Modern Muses

posted: 03-05-10
American artist Red Grooms, best known for his large-format and "jokey" multimedia installations of crowds, is receiving a retrospective show at Bryn Mawr College's Canaday Library. The exhibit focuses on Grooms' portraits of his fellow artists: Matisse, Picasso, Dali, Goya, Rembrandt, Titian ... Du ...more

In Defense of the Fountain

posted: 03-04-10
Confronted with vaguely Kelmscottian complaints that factory methods are somehow less "honest" than the work artists produce by hand, Cambridge student critic Eliot D'Silva recently launched a counter-argument that the smooth and shining planed surfaces of industrial manufacture generate readymade p ...more

An Invitation to the 1913 Armory Show

posted: 03-03-10
An intimate exhibition of artists' lists at the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in Washington, DC captures a moment of poignant trivia for Duchamp scholars. One of the lists is by Picasso and contains his hand-scribbled list of artists worthy of inclusion in the 1913 Armory Show. Mu ...more

Satie-Duchamp-Cage: Anarchic Happenings

posted: 03-02-10
The reverberations of Erik Satie's 1917 ballet Parade continued to sound well into the 1950s and beyond, thanks to John Cage's efforts to keep the anarchic experimentation of Satie and his collaborators vibrant. Whether such musical circuses are "modern," postmodern or hark as Duchamp in Willem de K ...more

Living out of the Suitcase in Miami
By Scott Martin
posted: 03-01-10
The Miami Art Museum will be highlighting works from its permanent collection, including a hard-won edition of Marcel Duchamp's Box in a Suitcase (Boite-en-valise), in its main gallery until it relocates to its new facilities in 2013. By doing so, the museum frees up institutional resources to prepa ...more

Peter Liversidge's Duchampian Propositions

posted: 02-26-10
Artist Peter Liversidge works by composing a series of "proposals" to create objects (facsimile dice, neon signage, mobile sculpture) and document situations (visits, encounters, meals); his current exhibition, at Edinburgh's Ingleby Gallery, collects 160 such proposals and their realizations to co ...more

Warhol, from Dylan to Duchamp

posted: 02-25-10
The Eric Firestone Gallery in Tucson will be exhibiting photographs by Nat Finkelstein, Carl Fischer, Michael Tighe, Santi Visalli and others associated with Andy Warhol. Some of the images have never been shown before in a public venue. (Through April 11. has details.) ...more

The Maori Readymade

posted: 02-24-10
New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai has been invited to exhibit his work at next year's Venice Biennale. Much of his work has explored the New Zealand cultural identity (simultaneously imported and traditional) through the recontextualization of images and objects; an early breakthrough was After ...more

Readymade Tools for Rebuilding Haiti

posted: 02-23-10
Curators from top museums, galleries and art spaces are banding together to raise money for Haiti through auctioning off readymade objects from nearly a hundred artists, including Jeff Koons, Terence Koh and musician Michael Stipe. Working in the Duchampian mode and organized in a grassroots style b ...more

Duchamp, Game Theory and the Frame of Being

posted: 02-22-10
Glosses on Duchamp have become popular in game design circles, but the multi-dimensional relationship between the Duchampian career and game theory itself has not enjoyed such high-profile scrutiny. Nonetheless, a recent brief but insightful essay by blogger Stanley Wrzyszczynski pulls together some ...more

Dorothea Tanning: Beyond "Birthday and Beyond"

posted: 02-19-10
August will mark the centenary of Dorothea Tanning's birth. Max Ernst knew early on that she was a deep dreamer, a heterodox surrealist and a chess player; she became his fourth and last wife. Barry Schwabsky at The Nation has anticipated the looming 100-year milestone to muse thoughtfully on her lo ...more

Recycling the Readymade
By Scott Martin
posted: 02-18-10
In the tradition of the first readymades, Gallery 705 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania is showing a collection of assemblages, photos of assemblages and wall sculptures created from "recycled" or discarded objects and other "found" materials. Highlights include Minnesota artist Nick Schleif's monumental ...more

Dada Against Context

posted: 02-17-10
According to a new study, we like art better when it has not been interpreted for us -- and that goes for both representational styles and more "difficult" or conceptual work. Kenneth Bordens, a psychology professor of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, split 172 students into two gr ...more

Fashion Descending the Runway
By Scott Martin
posted: 02-16-10
An especially insightful review of Alexander Wang's recent New York Fashion Week runway show compared the designer's deconstruction of his fall line to "Art 101," and the Nude Descending a Staircase in particular. Like Duchamp's nude, the new season's wardrobe becomes visually fragmented on the runw ...more

Richard Hamilton Remembers Duchamp

posted: 02-15-10
Now 88, Richard Hamilton, father of pop art and transcriber of the notes contained in Duchamp's Green Box, is still active and profoundly influential if not famous. In a recent in-depth interview, he looks fondly back to his encounters with Duchamp ("the most charming person imaginable") while blast ...more

En Plein Air
By Scott Martin
posted: 02-12-10
A longtime associate of John Cage, painter Ray Kass has explored the reverberations of the retinal for decades through abstraction, chance operations, nature studies and critical work. A recently opened show in New York gallery IR77 Contemporary Art brings together examples of his recent output alon ...more

Daughter of Dust

posted: 02-11-10
Images like "A cause de l'elevage de poussiere" ("Because of Dust Breeding") and the 71-part Fait/Fact series have won Sophie Riselhueber (1949-) a nomination for the 2010 Deutsche Boerse Prize. One of four photographers so honored, Riselhueber began her career as a journalist. After a 1991 insight ...more

The Return of "Le Mouvement"

posted: 02-10-10
After 55 years, the seminal "Le Mouvement" exhibition has returned to remind connoisseurs of the possibilities of sculptural art that employs color, light, motion and time. Duchamp works on display at Basel's Museum Tinguely include Rotary Demisphere/Precision Optics and Rotoreliefs; other artists r ...more

Readymades, More or Less

posted: 02-09-10
The Duchampian gesture of ascribing totemic power -- "art" -- to otherwise arbitrary objects precipitated the inherent tension in the Surrealists' relationship to the commodity and its consequences, material and spirit, the everyday and the sublime. But while Duchamp himself appeared willing, even e ...more

Virtuoso Illusions: The Artist as Transvestite

posted: 02-08-10
A recently opened show at MIT's List Visual Arts Center lays bare the deep associations between cross-dressing and the artistic avant-garde, from classical drama to the (as always somewhat) polymorphous present. Naturally, the labors of Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray to give birth to the transvestite pe ...more

40 Birds

posted: 02-05-10
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot's recent installation at the Barbican Art Gallery, in which 40 small birds were given musical instruments, has both become a Youtube sensation and been compared to the work of Marcel Duchamp. If the comparison is valid, the primary reference is to the chance operations; per ...more

Infrathin & Infrareal: The Latin Legacy of Marcel Duchamp
By Scott Martin
posted: 02-04-10
Taking Chilean writer Roberto Bolano's acclaimed novel 2666 as a starting point, the poet Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle hunts the legacy of Marcel Duchamp from readymade through the large glass in a tactical meditation on a few scattered references to the Duchampian category of the "infra-thin." ...more

Dancing the Staircase

posted: 02-03-10
With one foot firmly in the realm of dance and the other arched toward the visual arts, 28-year-old choreographer Jonah Bokaer often looks back to Duchamp -- spiritual godfather of his more immediate mentor Merce Cunningham -- for tactical inspiration. Bokaer has danced with bicycle wheels while the ...more

The Assembled Artist
By Scott Martin
posted: 02-02-10
The dada family resemblance -- never genetic, always a matter of aspiration and intent -- has been invoked to clarify the ways in which both Marcel Duchamp and Theo van Doesburg treated their artistic personas as performances. Duchamp famously had his Rrose and van Doesburg, best known as the founde ...more

In His Own Words...

posted: 02-01-10
Late in life Duchamp was better known as a commentator and critic than for his artistic production. In that light, the interviews he recorded in 1968 -- here set to archival footage -- set forth his persistent concerns lucidly and illuminatingly. From the early rejection of "retinal" representative ...more

Duchampian Music in Delaware (and Beyond)
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-29-10
Despite objections, Marcel Duchamp's legacy is conventionally interpreted within the context of the visual arts -- the empire of the "mere retinal" -- but he did compose two pieces of music and in them, his favorite work, Three Standard Stoppages, and elsewhere he explored the operation of chance in ...more

Dada Mama on Sale

posted: 01-28-10
A significant collection of work from Duchamp associate, collaborator and "dada mama" Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) is being sold off on Sunday in a California auction house near the town of Ojai, where she spent the last half-century of her life. Wood met Duchamp in New York during World War I and feat ...more

Few Words, Many Pictures

posted: 01-27-10
While millions of words have been written about Marcel Duchamp, some of the most compelling demonstrations of admiration for his work are wordless or nearly so, letting the images speak for themselves in their own language. An Australian graphic artist recently put together just such a tribute with ...more

The Man Behind the Female Joker, or Where He Gets His Ideas
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-26-10
Critical and popular prurience surrounding the career of Leonardo da Vinci has reached the point where art historians have asked permission to exhume the artist's earthly remains and compare the parameters of his skull to the features of his famous Mona Lisa, a somewhat literal-minded attempt to gro ...more

Influencing Jasper Johns

posted: 01-25-10
The intellectual influence of Marcel Duchamp over Jasper Johns and other painters who came of age in the 1950s is generally known, but decoding the heritage of various Flags, Targets and other "readymade" images on canvas -- not to mention the monumental According To What -- can still provoke surpri ...more

Muybridge, Marey, Marcel & the Matrix

posted: 01-22-10
The pioneering motion photography of 19th century researchers like Etienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge (both 1830-1904) had an explicit influence on the epochal Nude Descending a Staircase and its painterly representation of motion through time. A human lifetime later, the stroboscopic univer ...more

Dali's Chess: Pushing Fingers
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-21-10
Enthusiasm for chess ran deep in Duchamp's circles, who spent thousands of hours playing the game and, in some cases, constructing their own unique sets. Salvador Dali engaged the game in 1964 by designing a set for the American Chess Federation that alludes to the function of the chess player -- om ...more

Matta in Miami

posted: 01-20-10
A major -- not to mention rare -- retrospective of the work of Roberto Matta sheds new light on the Chilean-born painter's oneiric and somewhat obscure eight-decade career. Miami dealer Gary Nader has assembled 50 canvases that span the 1930s to the 1990s to chart Matta's early Surrealist associati ...more

Chess & The Origin of the World
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-19-10
On the trail of Marcel Duchamp, art dealer Francis Naumann has diverted his professional attention from chess -- having curated the groundbreaking "Art of Chess" show last year -- to works that, like Etant Donnes, express the character of the vagina. "They are at opposite ends of the spectrum and, a ...more

Christie's Presents "Art of the Surreal"
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-15-10
On February 2, Christie's will hold its 10th annual Art of the Surreal sale dedicated to the work of artists associated with Andre Breton and his circle. Works up for auction include two paintings by Marcel Duchamp's lifelong friend Francis Picabia -- one, Nerii, Duchamp characterized as pointing th ...more

Dada South
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-14-10
Zurich, Berlin, Koln, Paris, New York ... Cape Town. The ambit of dada defied easy geographical classification as well as artistic convention and authoritarian politics, sometimes emerging half a century and half a world away from its Swiss origins. To explore dada's influence on South African "resi ...more

Disciplined Spontaneity

posted: 01-13-10
The elegance of chance is on display at New York gallery ZONE: CONTEMPORARY ART, featuring variants on the Surrealist game of exquisite corpse as well as other works created by Jackie Matisse, Sol LeWitt, John Cage and Joseph Beuys. Potentially destructive processes are prominent; one of the Cage pi ...more

The Magical Films of Joseph Cornell

posted: 01-12-10
A rare screening of Joseph Cornell's short films provides an occasion to reflect on the apparent relationships between his artistic preoccupations (assemblage, microcosm, memory) and those of longtime associate Marcel Duchamp (assemblage, "the waterfall and the illuminating gas"). The word "dreamlik ...more

"Blind Man" Show in London

posted: 01-11-10
The Institute of Contemporary Art has brought the successful exhibition, "For the Blind Man in the Dark Room Looking for the Black Cat that Isn't There," featuring a new printing of Marcel Duchamp's proto-dada journal Blind Man, to London. Taking its title from a quote attributed to Charles Darwin ( ...more

Seduction of Duchamp Opens in San Francisco

posted: 01-08-10
The extraordinary "Seduction of Duchamp" exhibition that gave 35 Bay Area artists a place to comment on Marcel Duchamp's preoccupations and career is re-opening at ArtZone 461 in San Francisco on Saturday, January 9. Two panel discussions, one on chance operations in art (January 19) and the other o ...more

(Masked) Man Ray

posted: 01-07-10
As art critic Richard B. Woodward points out, the artistic establishment that Man Ray and his Dada compatriots were rebelling against now seems impossibly distant from contemporary concerns, which forces contemporary critics to dig beyond mere provocation as a justification for the work's current re ...more

Dada Drawings of Clara Tice

posted: 01-06-10
Known as "the Queen of Greenwich Village" in her prime, Clara Tice was an illustrator, designer and (along with Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Stella and others) member of the artistic salon that crystallized around collector Walter Arensberg before his 1922 departure to California -- and then, aft ...more

Ready-made or Bespoke: The Artist as Dandy
By Scott Martin
posted: 01-05-10
Early reviews of an upcoming exhibition of contemporary images of dandyism in art refer to Marcel Duchamp as a "leitmotif" of the artist as appropriator of utilitarian objects (shoes, belts, wheels, urinals) into gestures that liberate the commonplace through the application of taste. Arguably the s ...more

By Scott Martin
posted: 01-04-10
While Andy Warhol cultivated significant creative distance from his dada forebears, that didn't stop him from occasionally documenting the movements of Marcel Duchamp in the 1960s, or from flirting with a more substantial project filming Duchamp on the model of his eight-hour Empire. Those intereste ...more

The Tree of Wheels

posted: 12-31-09
As one online commentator notes, "Duchamp must be 'spinning' in his grave" at the idea of 35 bicycle wheels reassembled in London's Bermondsley Square. The designers hope to inspire more of the city's residents to spin their own wheels instead of taking automotive transport. ...more

Barcelona Showcases Work of John Cage

posted: 12-30-09
Through January 10, visitors to Barcelona can experience the work of John Cage and other artists he worked with or learned from, thanks to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art's current exhibition, "The Anarchy of Silence."Marcel Duchamp is singled out in the show catalog as "the exceptional art ...more

The Seduction of Duchamp
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-29-09
A truly extraordinary gallery show recently brought together the work of 35 Bay Area artists in an extended comment on Marcel Duchamp's preoccupations and career, from Nude Descending to ...more

Last Week for "Twilight Visions" in Nashville
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-28-09
Bringing together over 100 iconic photographs as well as a wealth of Surrealist ephemera, a recent exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts explores, contextualizes and interprets the dream-life of Paris between the wars. Works on display include images composed by Man Ray, Hans Bellmer an ...more

Major Surrealist Retrospective Coming to Edinburgh
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-24-09
Next summer the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will exhibit all of its Surrealist art -- one of the largest public collections in the world -- as part of the extensive "Another World" retrospective show. Works on exhibit will include paintings by Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso, ...more

The Irreverent Object
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-23-09
The recently closed show at New York's Luhring Augustine Gallery, The Irreverent Object: European Sculpture from the '60s, '70s and '80s, gave connoisseurs a chance to view what amounts to the evolution of the readymade art object and prompted discussion of the family resemblance between the exhibit ...more

Man Ray & Africa: Return to Egypt?
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-22-09
In an evocative review of the Phillips Collection's ongoing exhibition of Man Ray's interest in African art, painter Menachem Wecker ponders whether Ray's use of apparently Egyptian iconography points to a repudiation of his Jewish upbringing -- horses and pyramids skirt the edge of taboo -- or simp ...more

Taking Duchamp's Legacy for a Spin

posted: 12-21-09
Nearly a century after Marcel Duchamp mounted a bicycle wheel on a rickety stool, his influence is everywhere in the art world, prompting long-time art critic Sebastian Smee to meditate on the triumphs -- and pathos - of non-retinal art, which both confounds and disappoints the expectations of museu ...more

Man Ray/Nowhere Man

posted: 12-18-09
The occasion of the ongoing Alias Man Ray retrospective at the Jewish Museum in New York, along with the accompanying and eponymous biography of the notoriously peripatetic artist, recently prompted newspaper critic Robert Fulford to reflect on how Ray's self-invented life exemplifies the tension be ...more

Picabia Brings Top Price at Auction

posted: 12-17-09
A rarely seen 1935 painting by Francis Picabia led the way at an unexpectedly strong auction of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby's Paris, fetching over 700,000 euros. Three other works by Picabia, including Tournez Rare (ou Sirenes), briefly owned by Marcel Duchamp, sold, as did paintings and ...more

Louise Bourgeois, the Web & the Wheel

posted: 12-16-09
While Louise Bourgeois knew Miro, Ernst and other members of the Surrealist circle, her work is its own territory and must be approached on its own mordant terms. But as the recent documentary Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine demonstrates, elements of her sculpture bear a ...more

"Fresh Widow," or the Postwar Paradox
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-15-09
While often dismissed as simply an exercise in metaphysical punnery, the perpetually blackened eyes of Fresh Widow become somber when considered as both a memorial of and a barrier against the chaos of World War I, which left 1.4 million French citizens dead and hundreds of thousands of widows in it ...more

Music for Marcel Duchamp

posted: 12-14-09
John Cage's 1947 "Music for Marcel Duchamp" (Sonata XIII) extracted from its original visual context --part of the soundtrack for Hans Richter's Dreams That Money Can Buy -- and set against the urban Chilean nightscape. ...more

Retro-Appropriating the Photographic Image
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-11-09
In what's been called a campaign of "retro-appropriation," Brooklyn artist Dan Fischer minutely reproduces his favorite photographs in pencil, working over a chessboard-like grid that lets him abstract the images from their iconic personal and cultural context. The resulting texture is often describ ...more

Children of Mutt
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-10-09
The recycled provenance of Fountain and other objects associated with Marcel Duchamp exerts considerable theoretical influence over contemporary artists who incorporate found or discarded materials into their work. But is personal authorship the factor that derives art from trash or, as sculptor/cur ...more

"Cage & Cunningham" in Wisconsin
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-09-09
The long partnership between John Cage (1912-1992) and Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) generated a rich body of work and relationships through endless experimentation, paradox, and chance encounters like Cage's 1942 meeting with Marcel Duchamp. Cage, reportedly, was crying, having had a fight with Pegg ...more

Opening Up The Red Valise
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-08-09
As part of a year-long ambit through the Portland Art Museum, Oregon-based bloggers LaValle and Amy are taking an extended look at the 1960 ("red") copy of Boite-en-valise housed there. The process of "unpacking" Duchamp's miniature retrospective has prompted discussion of Rrose Selavy's nebulous co ...more

The Art of Chess: Duchamp + Matisse
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-07-09
The recent reprise of "Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess" at Art Basel Miami Beach provided another opportunity to reflect on the hand-painted chess sets of Sophie Matisse (b. 1965) in the context of her step-grandfather Duchamp's lifelong pursuit of the game. Most of the attention paid so far to the ...more

Spinning His Wheel(s)
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-04-09
While Marcel Duchamp was fond of giving the first versions of his Bicycle Wheel a good turn in his studio, "do not touch" policies ensure that reproductions enshrined in the world's public art collections remain at rest. By 1961, the artist himself had to ask a museum attendant for permission to rep ...more

Invoking the Readymade: New York abstractionists take modern painting by its roots
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-03-09
At least one review of "Besides, With, Against, And Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture" (at New York's The Kitchen through January 16) flirts with the Duchampian pun of the exhibit's subtitle as a comment on both the artist's appropriation of mechanically reproduced ("readymade") objects an ...more

Peepholes and Desire: Two Painters Reflect on Recent Philadelphia Exhibition
By Scott Martin
posted: 12-02-09
Painters Matthew Weinstein and Carroll Dunham made a pilgrimage to tour the Philadelphia Museum's anniversary exhibition of source material for Marcel Duchamp’s enigmatic twenty-year project Étant donnés: 1. la chute d'eau / 2. le gaz d' éclairage. Afterward, they played a question-and-answer game o ...more

Home is where the art is
By Gabriella Coslovich
posted: 11-24-09
Raafat Ishat's 20-painting series Emergencies, Accidents and Congratulations, part of Brisbane's upcoming sixth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, is also a journey in art history, with references to modernism, Italian Renaissance architecture, Russian contructivism and cubism -- one work i ...more

Alias Man Ray: Mercurial Jester, Revealing and Concealing
By Karen Rosenberg
posted: 11-23-09
"Alias Man Ray" doesn't challenge the long-held view that photography was Man Ray's most enduring contribution to modernism. But it does change our picture of the artist. Duchamp was supposed to be the elusive one, but here it is Man Ray who slips among cities and mediums and personas -- and, finall ...more

Glass sculptures show modern influences
By Douglass Britt
posted: 11-17-09
To honor a condition of a Houston Arts Alliance grant artist Michael Crowder received — that he exhibit his recent work by year's end — Crowder and gallerist Wade Wilson had to scramble to squeeze a short-lived exhibit into Wilson's already full roster. But the result, L'heure bleue, lo ...more

Against all Reason. Surrealism Paris - Prague
By e-flux
posted: 11-06-09
With over 300 works, this large-scale exhibition takes a fresh look at Surrealism as an international art movement involving major contributions from eastern Central Europe. The organisers, the City of Ludwigshafen and BASF SE, are not only showcasing major works at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum by Surrea ...more

Archived BBC Footage of Marcel Duchamp
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 11-04-09
The video below is an excerpt from archived footage of Marcel Duchamp including many of his works and an interview with him in his studio. It was filmed by the British Broadcasting Company for an unknown program. ...more

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention
By The Jewish Museum
posted: 11-02-09
The constant motif of Man Ray’s life was liberation, change, and transgression: whether in name, medium, style, or content, he sought to free the object or subject of its limitations, just as he sought to free himself from his own personal origins and outsider past. The exhibition will demonst ...more

Tears of Eros Exhibition opens in Madrid
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-30-09
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid presents "Tears of Eros" opening October 20, the title of the exhibition is borrowed from Les Larmes d'eros (1961), Geoge Bataille's last book before his death. Bataille explores the connection and similarities between sex and death, examining their p ...more

Artnet Launches Modern + Contemporary Art Sale
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-29-09
Artnet Online announces it's launch of their Modern + Contemporary Art Sale. The sale will start today and last until November 12, 2009. Artnet serves as a price database for sale and auction results from thousands of galleries worldwide. It was not until recently that they had started their own onl ...more

By Elizabeth Maupin
posted: 10-28-09
Art meets Halloween in an adults-only fundraiser at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art, where Orlando artist Robin Van Arsdol will present his live homage to Yves Klein. Here's more:   Please join us at Lake Eustis Museum of Art Halloween (Saturday Oct. 31, 2009, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.) for an ADUL ...more

Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons: An Exercise in Circular Reasoning
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-27-09
Author, curator, gallerist and historian Francis M. Naumann will host a lecture "Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons: An Exercise in Circular Reasoning" Wednesday, Nov. 4. The lecture will be held at UGA Chapel, North Campus in Athens, Georgia at 6:30 pm. ...more

"The Art of Chess" at Francis Naumann Fine Art Reviewed in New York Times
By Holland Cotter
posted: 10-23-09
In the 1920s the buzz was that Marcel Duchamp was taking early retirement from art to devote himself to chess. Duchamp neither confirmed nor denied the story, but by then he had stopped painting and had dropped out of sight of the art world, sailing to Buenos Aires, where he spent a year or so plott ...more

Playing with Chance: Duchamp, Chess and Roulette
By Liam Otten
posted: 10-20-09
Marcel Duchamp was among the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was also a dedicated chess player who saw strong correlations between his art and the game, famously remarking to the New York State Chess Association that, "I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artis ...more

Miro and Surrealism
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-19-09
The Joan Miro Museum in Barcelona presents "Miro and Surrealism," an exhibition dedicated to Miro's influence on and by the Surrealism movement. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photographs, etchings, collage, sculpture and other ephemera related to Miro's involvement with the ...more

Subodh Gupta the "Sub-continental Marcel Duchamp"
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-15-09
Currently on view at London's Hauser & Wirth Gallery is the solo exhibition "Common Man" by Subodh Gupta. Gupta has been dubbed the "Sub-continental Marcel Duchamp" for his experimentation with appropriation and incorporation of everyday ubiquitous objects into his artwork. ...more

Philadelphia Museum of Art to Present Two Nauman Installations
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-14-09
From November 21 through April 4, 2010 the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host two installations by Bruce Nauman, Days and Giorno (2009). The installations were orignally conceived for the 53rd Venice Biennale. The installations consist of seven flat paneled speakers that span from floor to ceiling ...more

Recent submission to!
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-13-09
An exciting second addition has been added to Kurt Godwin's article "Spring, 1911 Where It All Begins" chronicles the production and sources of imagery of Duchamp's painting Young Man and Girl in Spring. "Spring" was painted in 1911, and shortly after a larger secon ...more

Alexander Calder's big-top talent
By Sarah Milroy (reblog)
posted: 10-12-09
The current Alexander Calder exhibition at Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario is about as light-hearted an affair as you can imagine. Spend a few moments in the projection area where Jean Painlevé's 1953 film of the Calder Circus is on view – a loving document of Calder's miniature, handm ...more

Pop-Up Gallery "Paradise Row" to Open in London
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-07-09
Paradise Row and Prakke Contemporary presents a new pop-up gallery space in London; opening October 9 with its most recent exhibition "Play," a group show and series of performances themed on the subject of play. The curator brings together more historically established artists such as Mar ...more

New Article on!
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 10-06-09
We're pleased to announce has published our most recent submission by Francis M. Naumann. Click here for article. This text was first published as the entry for Duchamp's "Belle Haleine: Eau de violette" in the sales catalog for the Christie's auction of Yves Saint Laurent and ...more

Seduction of Duchamp: Bay Area Artists' Response
By Hannah Regev (Curator)
posted: 10-02-09
"Seduction of Duchamp: Bay Area Artists' Response," draws its inspiration from the momentous  historic West Coast Roundtable on modern Art discussion held at the old San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1949, which featured Duchamp as the main speaker joined by prominent invited gues ...more

Los Angeles - Free Museum Admission Weekend
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-30-09
This weekend 24 museums in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas will offer free admission this Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th. Some institutions will participate both days, otherwise schedule listed below: Armory Center for the Arts - Bo ...more

Angels of Anarchy
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-29-09
Opening this weekend Manchester City Gallery of Art presents Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism. The exhibition will continue until January 10. "Angels of Anarchy is the first major exhibition in Europe to explore the crucial role that women artists played in the surrealist art mo ...more

Armed Robbers Steal Magritte Painting
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-25-09
On Sept. 24, 2009 two armed robbers broke into the Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels, holding museum staff and visitors at gunpoint shortly after it opened at 10am in broad daylight. They forced museum employees to lay on the grass in the courtyard and proceeded to climb the glass panel that was prot ...more

Understanding Duchamp
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-24-09 is an interactive approach to making sense of Duchamp. The website offers a detailed timeline of Duchamp's life and work, with explanatory text and animations. This is a great educational resource for any Duchamp lover! ...more

Philadelphia Museum Explores Arshile Gorky
By (excerpt from)
posted: 09-23-09
One of the key themes of Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective will be the artist’s profound engagement with the Surrealist movement throughout the 1940s. Gorky’s relationships with members of the Surrealist group in exile in the United States, including its leader, Andre Breton, as well as pai ...more

Museums in Minature: Works by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell
By Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
posted: 09-22-09
Museums in Miniature explores the use of collage, assemblage, and staged tableaux by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell as plays on the notion of an exhibition space. Evocative juxtapositions, absurdities, and rebuses abound in Cornell’s work, demonstrating the enduring influence of Duchamp&rsq ...more

Surrealism at the Frist
By Kristina Outland
posted: 09-18-09
Surrealism: seeing the ordinary as extraordinary was the theme of Dr. Therese Lichtenstein's photography and film exhibition, called 'Twilight Visions', which opened Thursday night at the Frist Center. The exhibition featured more than 120 photographs by French artists from the 1920's and 1930's ...more

The Creative Act, Marcel Duchamp
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-16-09
Listen free online to Duchamp's "Session on the Creative Act" recorded live at the Convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, April 1957. CD also includes interviews with George Hamilton and Richard Hamilton as well as musical introludes. ...more

"Chance Aesthetics" to open Friday, Kemper Museum of Art
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-15-09
This upcoming exhibition to open Sept. 18 at Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art explores artists who incorporate chance as a decisive factor in the creation of an artwork. The work spans from the early 20th century and follows through to the 1970s. The exhibition includes over 60 works by Jean (Hans ...more

Marcel Duchamp:The Art of Chess
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-11-09
Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess opened yesterday at Francis Naumann Fine Art Gallery, it is the first exhibition to explore Duchamp's interest in chess and its effect on his artistic production. It has traveled from St. Louis University Museum of Art and includes unique additions of artists represe ...more

Time Will Tell, Exhibition at Yale University Art Gallery Closes
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-09-09
Yale University Art Gallery recently closed an exhibition offering a rare opportunity to explore the process of fine-art conservation. "Time Will Tell: Ethics and Choices in Conservation" exhibits the techniques used and dilemmas faced by conservators and their process of preserving and re ...more

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Shows a Portfolio of 10 Pochoirs by Man Ray
By Irith Hadar
posted: 09-08-09
Man Ray (1890 Philadelphia – 1976 Paris) created Revolving Doors between 1916 and 1917 as a series of collages made from brightly colored translucent paper, which became the major exhibit in his third one-person show at the Daniel Gallery, New York (1919). In 1926 these images were published a ...more

Silence Sea and Marcel Duchamp, by Julius Ziz
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-04-09
Silence Sea and Marcel Duchamp(2000, USA/FRA 16mm, colour/b&w, 23 min.) was created from found 16mm footage of Marcel Duchamp and his wife Teeny playing a game of chess. He is pretending that he is winning but he is losing. Follow to view excerpt or download entire film. ...more

Vanderbilt's International Lens Film Series Begins Today
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 09-02-09
Vanderbilt University’s film series, International Lens, will begin Sept. 2. This series, which is free and open to the public, will feature 29 different films from September through December. Each screening includes an introduction as well as facilitated post-screening discussion. In conjunc ...more

By e-flux
posted: 09-01-09
Die Kunst ist super! (Art is super!) is the title under which the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart is showing a new presentation of works from its collections. In line with the motto "Die Kunst ist super!" proclaimed by Udo Kittelmann, this presentatio ...more

The First Annual Anne d'Harnoncourt Memorial Symposium: Scholars Present Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes, Sept. 12
By Philadelphia Museum of Art
posted: 08-28-09
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania are jointly initiating this annual symposium in honor of Anne d’Harnoncourt to celebrate her contributions to art and culture in Philadelphia, the region, and beyond. Scholars Present Marcel D ...more

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2009
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 08-27-09
On Sept. 4 the Rutgers Film Co-op/ New Jersey Media Arts Center will present the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2009. The festival will showcase new international films, independent American films, experimental and short subjects, as well as "cutting edge" documentaries. It will feature ove ...more

Happy Birthday Peggy Guggenheim
By Isabel Cowles
posted: 08-26-09
American heiress Peggy Guggenheim was considered to be as intriguing as the art she collected. One of the pioneering collectors of Abstract Expressionism, she had a particular fondness for surrealism, cubism and sculpture. At the height of her career, she amassed a piece of art per day. In London, ...more

Somewhere Between Art and Life
By Rachel Spence (taken from Financial Times)
posted: 08-21-09
There are times at Venice when you feel Marcel Duchamp has a lot to answer for. The artist's infamous urinal not only paved the way for the grand, imaginative gestures of, say, Robert Rauschenberg - whose scrap-iron sculptures are at the Peggy Guggenheim museum - but also for a slew of self-indulgen ...more

Is This Recyclable?
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 08-20-09
Is This Recyclable? An upcoming exhibition at Under Minerva, Brooklyn. This group show focuses on thirteen artists who break away from traditional media and instead explore materials that are often overlooked yet readily available. By using readymade and recyclable materials the artists are both d ...more

A Game of Chess with Marcel Duchamp, 1963
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 08-19-09
Marcel Duchamp: A Game of Chess, A film by Jean-Marie Drot, 55 min. This French film includes original footage of interviews filmed consequent to Duchamp's first major retrospective exhibition in 1963 at the Pasedena Art Museum. The film includes voice-overs in English, as well as original black an ...more

Collage at Fred Gallery London, starts: 6 Aug 2009 ends: 27 Sep 2009
By FRED (London)
posted: 08-18-09
FRED (London) is delighted to have this opportunity to present an exhibition in celebration of Collage. Co-curated with Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, this joint-exhibition provides a platform for contemporary American artists to show in London, many for the first time, alongside leading European a ...more

A Peep into Duchamp
By Edward Sozanski
posted: 08-17-09
Marcel Duchamp labored in secret for 20 years to produce what the painter Jasper Johns has called "the strangest work of art any museum has ever had in it." He might be right: The diorama known by its abbreviated French title Etant donnes is spectacularly bizarre, enigmatic, mysterious, disturbing, ...more

Jonah Bokaer's Octave
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 08-14-09
Jonah Bokaer's - Octave from Giovanni Jubert on Vimeo. "A solo dance work composed through the use of DanceForms 1.0 software. To accompany the live choreography, Bokaer collected five thousand used MetroCards which were deposited onto the performance space creating an alarming audiovisual a ...more

Surreal Things Revisited

posted: 08-12-09
The Art Gallery of Ontario has announced a two-week extension for its show Surreal Things, an exhibition of surrealist art organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum. ...more

Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism
By Manchester Art Gallery
posted: 08-11-09
Manchester Art Gallery's major new exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see outstanding works by women artists including Frida Kahlo and Lee Miller from public and private collections around the globe. Women played a huge, but at the time not fully recognised, part in the Surrealist movement. On ...more

MOMA Photography Collection Grows
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 08-10-09
The Museum of Modern Art's Photography Department announced it has recently acquired 39 works by photographer Richard Avedon, in addition to some 60 photographs from the collection of Suzanne Winsberg. Avedon's photographs include portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Malcom ...more

Chance Aesthetics at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Sept. 18 to Jan. 4, 2010
By Liam Otten
posted: 08-05-09
Organized by Meredith Malone, assistant curator for the Kemper Art Museum, Chance Aesthetics will feature more than 60 artworks by more than 40 avant-garde artists from Europe and the United States, including Jean Arp, George Brecht, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ellsworth Kelly, Alison Know ...more

Philadelphia Museum Celebrates Etant Donnes Anniversary

posted: 08-04-09
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first exhibition to examine the genesis, construction, and reception of Etant donnes: 1 la chute d'eau, 2 le gaz deeclairage (Given: 1 The Waterfall, 2 The Illuminating Gas), Marcel Duchamp's enigmatic final masterwork. Duchamp (1887-1968) constructed ...more

Talk Show
By Electronic Arts Intermix
posted: 08-03-09
On Thursday, August 6th, EAI presents Talk Show, the second of two outdoor evening screenings on the rooftop of the X Initiative. Talk Show presents works by artists who use video to bring the interview into their art. Included in the program are Tony Oursler's interview with Sonic Youth's Kim G ...more


posted: 07-31-09
BE THE ARTIST FAMILY PROGRAM  Art classes teaching young people about the art of Marcel Duchamp. A class for kids ages 10-14 runs from noon to 2 p.m., another for children ages 5-10 lasts from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 or http://ww ...more

Dreams that Money Can Buy
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-29-09
Dreams That Money Can Buy is a 1947 American experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter. Collaborators included Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Leger. The film won the Awar ...more

Happy Birthday Marcel Duchamp!!

posted: 07-28-09
Marcel Duchamp was born June 28, 1887. He was born in Blainville-Crevon Seine-Maritime in the Haute-Normandie region of France. He died on October 2, 1968 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and is buried in the Rouen Cemetery, in Rouen, France. His grave bears the epitaph, "D'ailleurs, c'est toujours les ...more

Paul & Nusch Eluard and Surrealism Exhibition
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-27-09
The National Galleries of Scotland currently presents an exhibition at their Dean Gallery exploring and chronicling the affair between Paul Eluard and his wife Nusch. The works are gathered from the Roland Penrose collection exhibited in a small, but overpacked front room gallery. The works in the c ...more

Alias Man Ray: The Art of Re-Invention
posted: 07-24-09
The Jewish Museum will present Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention from November 15, 2009 through March 14, 2010, a major exhibition considering how the artist’s life and career were shaped by his turn-of-the-century American Jewish immigrant experience and his lifelong evasion of his past. ...more

Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueres, the Most Profitable in Spain
posted: 07-23-09
Inaugurated in 1974, the Dali Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dali (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations down to the works of the last ...more

Book Release: Marcel Duchamp, La Vita a Credito
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-22-09
Marcel Duchamp: La Vita a Credito was recently published in June by Johan and Levi. Written by Marcade Bernard, it has only as of now been published in Italian. While alot has been written on Duchamp's work, this biography focuses more on Duchamp's life beyond being an artist; focusing on his anarch ...more

Kemper Art Museum Announces Fall Schedule
By David Bonetti (excerpt)
posted: 07-21-09
The Kemper Art Museum at Washington University has announced its schedule for the 2009-2010 academic year. There will be two exhibitions in each of the fall and spring terms. Opening Sept. 18 and continuing through Jan. 4 will be “Chance Aesthetics,” featuring the work of Jean Arp, John ...more

For the Blind Man in the Dark Room Looking for the Black Cat That Isn't There
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-20-09
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents "For the Blind Man in the Dark Room Looking for the Black Cat That Isn't There" an international group exhibition to open Sept. 11, 2009. For the blind man … celebrates the speculative nature of knowledge and proposes that curiosity matters more than unde ...more

Homage to Tinguely's Homage a Marcel Duchamp
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-17-09
Homage to Tinguely's Homage a Marcel Duchamp, by Arthur Ganson "A double homage to Marcel Duchamp and Jean Tinguely. The machine mimics the formal design of Marcel Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. In the place of the Bride is an image of Tinguely's own homage to Duchamp, an ...more

Christie's Upcoming Prints and Multiples Sale: July 22, 2009
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-16-09
Christie's upcoming Prints and Multiples summer sale will present "a cross section of movements and styles," showcasing prints and multiples by artists including: Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Joan Miró, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Claes Oldenberg, P ...more

Exhibition of Works by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell Announced at Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego
posted: 07-15-09
Museums in Miniature: Works by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell will open September 26, 2009 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. The exhibition explores the use of collage, assemblage, and staged tableaux by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell as plays on the notion of an exhibit ...more

The Erotic Object: Upcoming Lectures at MOMA
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-14-09
Coinciding with the prementioned exhibit The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection, MOMA has organized four more lectures and gallery talks over the next month. Exhibition includes works by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Jean Arp, Alberto Giacommetti, Joan Miro, Hans Bellmer, Salvador D ...more

Book Review: Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-09-09
Readymade Press, has recently released Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess to coincide with the concurrent exhibition at Saint Louis University Museum of Art, Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master. This is the first major study in the English language dedicated to further examining Duchamp's life and art as eff ...more

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts: Western Art Collection
posted: 07-07-09
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts is one of the most important museums of Asian modern arts. The museum was inaugurated in 1978 in Tehran and after 30 years, this museum’s treasures are being publicly exhibited for the second time. Four years ago, in the period of Khatami's presidency in ...more

The Waintrob Collection: Artists and Their Art
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-06-09
The Waintrob Collection, currently on view at Snug Harbor Cultural Center is an eclectic assemblage of artworks from a variety of twentieth century American and European artists. Brothers Sidney and Abraham Waintrob had longstanding social roots in the New York artworld, as a spare time hobby, they ...more

Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes August 15, 2009 - November 29, 2009
By Philadelphia Museum of Art
posted: 07-03-09
Marcel Duchamp's enigmatic assemblage Etant donnes: 1. La chute d'eau, 2. Le gaz d'eclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) has been described by the artist Jasper Johns as "the strangest work of art in any museum." Permanently installed at the Museum since 1969, this t ...more

Blainville-Crevon - Neuilly-sur-Seine

posted: 07-02-09
A critical view on a famous installation by Marcel Duchamp (Roue de bicyclette, 1913). Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon (Normandie) and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Paris). Hoschele constructed a bicycle with a camera in front and a second camera at the back. The front camera looked forwards, the ...more

Robert Whitman, Inside Out, 1987
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 07-01-09
Robert Whitman's piece "Inside Out" is based on Ulf Linde's Lecture on Marcel Duchamp. The piece was performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1987. 1987 Robert Whitman "Inside Out" from Walter Patrick Smith, AIA on Vimeo. ...more

The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection
posted: 06-30-09
The Museum of Modern Art presents The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection, an exhibition showcasing 20 sculptures from the Museum'' collection, on view from June 24, 2009, through January 4, 2010. Works by 11 artists are shown, including Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Meret Oppenheim, ...more

Marcel Duchamp: Face to Face Portrait Talk, June 25
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-25-09
Coinciding with the current exhibition Inventing Marcel Duchamp: Dynamics of Portraiture, curator Anne Goodyear will host a lecture tonight to further introduce and promote Duchamp's significance in portraiture and his exploration of identity. The lecture will be held at the Reynolds Center for Amer ...more

Medals of Dishonour at the British Museum
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-24-09
Medals of Dishonour opens this Thursday at the British Museum. This exhibition is dedicated to displaying and preserving the history and tradition of the "darker side of medals." The exhibition is split into two parts: the first showcasing medals of dishonour from the 16th to 20th century ...more

the qi peng dynasty (we are duchampions)
posted: 06-23-09
In qi peng's ironic yet poignant show at a certain Lower East Side gallery lasting in less time than a single workday of Jack Bauer within a season of the TV show "24," envoy enterprises is proud to present a fresh piece of conceptual art entitled "the qi peng dynasty (we are duchampions)" to the pu ...more

Picture Dreams. Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection at the New National Gallery; Berlin
By New National Gallery, Berlin
posted: 06-22-09
The Pietzsch Collection ranks as one of the internationally most significant collections of Surrealist art, with principle works by Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Andre Masson and Yves Tanguy, as well as numerous works by other artists more broadly co ...more

Duchamp Reloaded
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-19-09
"In 1913, Marcel Duchamp took found objects from the streets and placed them in museums. 96 years later, if Duchamp were alive, he may want to do the very opposite." - Ji Lee. ...more

Leslie Holt: Hello Masterpiece
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-18-09
I recently came across Leslie Holt's "Hello Masterpiece (art appreciation)" series, having already posted one of her paintings as yesterday's image of the day. I felt it was necessary to follow up with a little more background about her work. Artist Statement: In my most recent “H ...more

Duchamp Highlights Upcoming Christie's Auction, London
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-17-09
Duchamp's drawing 2 nus: un fort et un vite (Two nudes: one strong and one swift) will be up for auction at Christie's London Impressionist/ Modern Art evening sale, June 23, 2009. This lot is expected to sell for $1,306,400 to $1,959,600. This piece was executed in 1912 with charcoal, pencil and e ...more

The Heritage of the Holy Land: Treasures from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
By Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
posted: 06-16-09
The exhibition entitled The Heritage of the Holy Land, displaying a selection from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, might well be one of the highlights of the Museum of Fine Arts' events in 2009. Opening in the middle of June, the exhibition will span 9,000 years and will include un ...more

The Leepa-Rattner Museum Of Art Surrealism Lecture
By the Weekly Challenger
posted: 06-15-09
Salvador Dali Museum's curator of education Peter Tush, will present Surrealism in the 1930s, a multimedia look at the developments of Surrealism in the 1930s June 25 at 7 p.m. The lecture will cover the International Exposition of Surrealism in 1938 and the evolution of the Surrealist movement du ...more

N. Mutt, 2009: Interview with artist Nena Amsler
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-12-09
Artist Nena Amsler is no stranger to Duchampian puns, and likewise, exploring the boundaries of art through a combination of formal and conceptual painting. She recently had a solo show at Kristi Engle Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) entitled N. Mutt 2009, May 2 - May 30. While her primary focus is pain ...more

I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-10-09
I'd Give it to you if I could but I borrowed it, Guy Ben-Ner, 2007 (video installation) In order to view Guy Ben-Ner's video installation "I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it," the viewer must mount and "ride" one of the two stationary bicycles installed in the gall ...more

Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century to Now
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-09-09
The UK Times cast a public poll of 1.4 million voters to find out who were the top 200 artists since 1900. Its no surprise we find Marcel Duchamp within the top five highest rank, coming in at 5th place with 20,647 votes. According to the public he champions Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Sa ...more

Cinematic Works from the Menil Archives
posted: 06-08-09
The film archives at The Menil Collection are replete with art movies of every stripe, as today's 90-minute al fresco sampler of goodies, Menil Movies: Cinematic Works from the Menil Archives, demonstrates. There are interviews with Buckminster Fuller and Marcel Duchamp, rare interviews with the gre ...more

Witches Cradle (1943); Marcel Duchamp and Maya Deren
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-04-09
An unfinished collaboration between filmmaker Maya Deren and Marcel Duchamp. (1943) Watch Part I and Part II ...more

Duchamp, Miro, Marc, Monet and Picasso Highlight Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art
posted: 06-03-09
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale will take place at Christie's on 23 June and will offer 46 works of art, including exceptional museum-quality masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, Joan Miro, Camille Pissarro and Marcel Duchamp. The auction is expected to realise in e ...more

Can artists create art by doing nothing?
By Andrew Gallix
posted: 06-02-09
More than 20 artists will pay homage to Felicien Marboeuf in an eclectic exhibition opening in Paris next week. Although he's hardly a household name, Marboeuf (1852-1924) inspired both Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. Having been the model for Frederic Moreau, he resolved to become an author les ...more

Reflections, Refractions at the National Portrait Gallery
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-01-09
Coinciding with the current exhibition Inventing Marcel Duchamp the National Portrait Gallery is also hosting Reflections, Refractions, "an ideal companion piece to the Duchamp-inspired portraiture show featuring works of self-examination by a coterie of influential creators, from Childe Hassam to ...more

Interview with Artist Rafael Rozendaal
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-29-09
"Art history is a nice story. Some cave man starts to look at bulls and paints them on his wall. Then the next caveman looks at his painting and he is jealous, so he makes a better one. And the story continues. If the 2nd caveman would look at bulls, he wouldnt get any where. The smartest guy kn ...more

By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-28-09
Starting in 1973 artist Jacques Charlier, began his series of caricaturing "artists' genitalia." For the next three decades he created 100 imaginary portraits of the "procreative organs" of artists he considers to have been major figures in 20th century contemporary art since, and including, Marcel ...more

Press Release: Futurism at Tate Modern
By Press Release from Tate Modern
posted: 05-27-09
This exhibition will be the first large-scale showing of Futurism in Britain in thirty years. The movement set out to modernise Italian art and social attitudes and its influence spread across Europe and beyond, revolutionising the response to the dynamism of modern life. Its master of ceremonies wa ...more

Hypermodern dadist in the livery of a trebuchet, even
By Hesse Caplinger
posted: 05-26-09
Imagine for a moment that the "Bachelors" or "Nine Malic Molds" of Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass, represent the eight pawns material to a chess player, that they connote the eight files or eight paths which a pawn is compelled to take toward the eighth and final rank, or what is for the pawn its lo ...more

53rd Venice Biennale; and coinciding Europe exhibitions
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-21-09
Opening June 7 and lasting until November 22, this will be the 53rd Venice Biennale since it was founded in 1895. Including national and international exhibitors and artists, the event spans the entire city of Venice expanding into the lagoon. Highlighted artists include Bruce Nauman, Tracey Emin, a ...more

Jeu d'echecs avec Marcel Duchamp (1963) on UbuWeb
By Excerpt taken from
posted: 05-20-09
"This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America after fle ...more

The stuff that dreams are made of; Exhibition at Galerie Moderna, Prague
By Mimi Fronczak Rogers
posted: 05-19-09
"Decades after its demise, Surrealism still flourishes in Prague Surrealism came belatedly to the Czech lands, but when it arrived, it came to stay. The Czech Surrealist movement was an outgrowth of the Poetism practiced by the avant-garde Devětsil group, two of whose founding members, Toyen ...more

Putting on the dog: William Wegman at Akron Art Museum
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-18-09
Akron Art Museum in Ohio currently showcases 56 photographs, in addition to 13 videos by William Wegman, "a conceptual artist who works in a variety of attitudes and approaches, not only in film and photography, but also drawing and painting, moving easily between the various mediums." Using his ...more

Philips Contemporary Auction Falls Short of Estimate; Homage to Duchamp livens auction room
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-15-09
After this weeks contemporary art auctions held throughout New York City, Philips de Pury & Company fell over $4 million short of their $12.1 million low estimate. 12 works out of the 43 offered failed to sell. Carol Vogel of the New York Times states "the salesroom did come alive occasionally, ...more

Trees + Flowers - Insects Animals: Man Ray; NEW Book June Release
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-14-09
"Trees + Flowers - Insects Animals" to be published later this upcoming June is a unseen collection of photographs by Man Ray, focusing on recurring themes he was not generally acclaimed for. The photographs subjects range from buildings, landscapes, grasshoppers, rocks, stars, trees, flowers, and a ...more

NEW Film Release: "Little Ashes;" Salvador Dali, Luis Brunuel, Fredrico Garcia Lorca

posted: 05-13-09
Full Synopsis taken from Little Ashes Official Website: WARNING Spoiler Alert!! "Madrid in 1922 is a city wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at university at the age of 18 y ...more

This is Not a Museum: NEW Rene Magritte Museum, Opens June 2
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-12-09
On June 2, 2009, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium in collaboration with the Magritte Foundation will proudly open the long awaited Rene Magritte Museum. The museum will showcase over 170 works by Magritte separated chronologically by floor. In addition to its three floors of galleries the b ...more

"Surreal Things" at the Art Gallery of Ontario
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-11-09
Opening this past Saturday May 9: The Art Gallery of Ontario presents Surreal Things, an unparalleled theme first to exhibit the influence of Surrealism on 20th century design. The exhibition showcases the work of Surrealist artists and designers headlining: Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Salvado ...more

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture; New Book Release from MIT Press
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 05-08-09
In this past week MIT Press released Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture; the catalog's release conscides with the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, located at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In addition to chronicling Duchamp's aliased self-port ...more

Sculpture Displays Take Shape At Tate
posted: 05-07-09
As part of DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture,"artist Michael Craig-Martin will select and arrange works from the Tate Collection to focus on the complex ways that sculpture informs our understanding and experience of the physical world"  In the exhibit, which started May 1, Craig-Ma ...more

Mike Figgis colloborates with
Tate for Film Project
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 05-06-09
Academy Award nominated filmmaker Mike Figgis is collobrating with the the Tate Liverpool and Tate Media to make a series of short films featuring conversations with people from Liverpool about the works of art in the Tate Collection.  Four works of art from the Tate Collection, including Marce ...more

“After Images” at the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 05-05-09
The current show "After Images", which runs until June 13 at the Paula Cooper Galley in New York, "illustrates how artists from Degas, Delacroix and Cézanne through Jasper Johns, Sophie Calle, Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine have based their work on paintings, drawings or scul ...more

Marcel Duchamp: Reinventing the Wheel
By Shara Banisadr
posted: 05-04-09
"The object in Tate Modern is white and shiny, cast in porcelain, its slender upper part curving outward as it descends to a receiving bowl - into which I urinate. It's just a brief walk from here in the fifth-floor men's loo to Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, an object sealed in a plastic display c ...more

Partnership Between MoMA and High Museum of Art
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 05-01-09
This summer, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will launch a partnership with New York's Museum of Modern Art with an exhibition of Cluade Monet's Water Lilly paintings.  The three-year partnership will produce several short rotating exhibits as well as longer large exhibits.  Planned exhb ...more

By Giulio Sorgini
posted: 04-30-09
"Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain is a uniquely confounding piece. On the one hand, placed in the context of a gallery, Fountain is validated as a work of art; still the piece does not conform to canonical expectations of how a sculpture should look. The work is ostensibly a porcelain urinal &nd ...more

"Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master" at the St. Louis University Museum
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-29-09
Throughout his life, Marcel Duchamp was an enthusiastic and skilled chess player, even declaring at one point that he had given up art in order to play chess.  In 1924, he was declared Chess Master by the French Chess Federation.  However, instead of giving up art for chess, he used chess ...more

Jennifer Shahade Recreates Famous Photo of Marcel Duchamp
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-28-09
Jennifer Shahade, two-time winner of the World Chess Championship and contibuter to the book "Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess", recently recreated a famous 1963 photograph of Duchamp.  The original photograph, which was taken by Julian Wasser at the Pasadena Art Museum, showed Duc ...more

Moeller Fine Art Berlin Opening Exhibition
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-27-09
Longtime New York art dealer Achim Moeller is opening a new gallery, called Moeller Fine Art Berlin.  The gallery's opening exhbition, "Ouverture" opens on April 28 and includes work by many contermpory artists as well as masterpieces by such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, and ...more

Male Version of Etant Donnes
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-24-09
The artist Paul Kos created a male version of Marcel Duchamp's Etant donnés entitled Zizi Va ! for the di Rosa Art Preserve in Napa, California. ...more

Erwin Blumenfeld: I Was Nothing But a Berliner,
Dada Montages 1916-1933
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-23-09
In her new book “Erwin Blumenfeld: I Was Nothing But a Berliner, Dada Montages 1916-1933", Helen Adkins collects and annotates the little-seen dada colleges of Erwin Blumenfeld.  Although Blumenfeld was a famous and much sought-after fashion photographer, his colleges were mostly &qu ...more

L'Art: Gas lighting
By Ashley Hall
posted: 04-22-09
"Opening this week it the Garrick Player's production of The Gas Heart, a nonsensical play derived from the Dada art movement in the 1920's...The Gas Heart was written by one of the key figures of the Dada movement, Tristan Tzara. The play, as described by the Tzara, is the greatest three-act h ...more

Theater Review:
Ambitious play at OU proves rewarding
By John Brandenburg
posted: 04-21-09
"A play that tries to do almost too much — dealing with love, Lenin, Dada and the "death of art” in a little over two hours — gets enough of it right to make a vivid impression on spectators. 'The Dada Play,' a script by visiting Canadian author Mieko Ouchi, is on stage t ...more

"Surrealism and Beyond" at
the Cincinnati Museum of Art
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-20-09
"Surrealism and Beyond", which runs until May 17 at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, showcases surrealist and dada art from the collection of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Cincinatti is the only US venue for the exhibit, which " features a glorious mix of works by e ...more

Duchamp: Artist as Celebrity
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-17-09
In a review of the show "Inventing Marcel Duchamp:The Dynamics of Portraiture" at the National Portrait Galley, Blake Gopnik argues that " for Duchamp, portraiture was all about demolishing our stale ideas about an artist - or a person - as a single, stable thing."  Rather t ...more

Marcel Duchamp and Portraiture
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-16-09
In her article New Smithsonian exhibt shows Marcel Duhcamp's influance on Warhol, Jasper Johns, Marsha Ducbrow defends the National Portrait Gallery's decision to show an exhibit about Marcel Duhamp, an artist not known for his portraits.  She belives that while Duchamp did not actually make ...more

A Pleasing Secret History: Andrei Codrescu's Posthuman Dada Guide
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 04-15-09
Eli Epstein-Deutsch reviews Andrei Codrescu's new book, The Posthuman Dada Guide , which he calls, "a hard-edged, rapier-like volume, perfect for sliding into a back pocket of skinny hipster pants or stabbing into the complacent underbelly of bourgeois (or bourgeois-bohemian) offer ...more

The Stettheimer Dollhouse
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-14-09
A new book, The Stettheimer Dollhouse, tells the fascinating story of the Stettheimer Dollhouse.  The dollhouse was built  over nearly two decades by Carrie Walter Stettheimer, starting in the 1920s.  What makes the dollhouse extraordinary is that all the art on its walls consists of ...more

"The Quick and the Dead" at the Walker Art Center
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-13-09
From April 25 to September 27,The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN will show the exhibit "The Quick and the Dead" which focuses on the history of conceptual art.  The exhibit "juxtaposes a core group of works from the 1960s and ‘70s with more recent examples that might ...more

Marcel Duchamp & l'erotisme
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-10-09
The new book "Marcel Duchamp & l'érotisme gathers  the "contributions of international art historians and critics for a symposium on the theme Marcel Duchamp & erotisme in Orleans University, France" in 2005.  The book is available only in French. ...more

Experimental Dada Films
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-09-09
Click on the link to view experimental Dada films by Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, and Viking Eggeling ...more

Modern Art Explained
:What Do You Think?
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-08-09
The Times online is asking readers for their opinions on Marcel Duchamp's 1917 work Fountain.  The Times encourages readers to email their opinion on the ground-breaking art and will publish a selection of the responses, along with comments by an expert.  Click on the link to view other's ...more

Mathieu Briand's
"In Memorial of Albert Hofmann 1906-2008"
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-07-09
The artist Mathieu Brand has created the exhibtion "In Memorial of Albert Hofman 1906-2008" as an homage to Hofman, the scinetist who created LSD.  The exhibition seeks to "challenge all the senses" while also developing parallels between Hofman and various artists, includin ...more

Andrei Codrescu interview on WSN Radio
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-06-09
Andrei Codrescu, the author of the new book "The Posthuman Dada Guide" was interviewed by WSN Radio.  He is the author of 40 books of essays, poetry, and fiction and the winner of a Peabody award for the PBS version of his book Road Scholar.  His new book is an encylopedic look a ...more

Poem about Marcel Duchamp
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-03-09
An online poetry contest features a poem about Marcel Duchamp.  The poem, titled "Little Triolet with Toilet", references the work of Marcel Duchamp as well as the surrealist Meret Oppenheimer. ...more

"Abstract Cinema and Technology" at the MoCA North Miami
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-02-09
The Museum of Contempory Art in North Miami is currently showing the exhibition "Abstract Cinema and Technology" which "explores how technological innovations from the 1920s to the present provided new ways for artists to create abstract moving images".  The exhibtiton featu ...more

"Art is Arp" at the Arp Museum Banhoff Rolandseck
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 04-01-09
The Arp Museum Bahnof Rolandseck is currently showing the exhibititon "Art is Arp", "one of the most comprehensive retrospectives on Hans Arp ever undertaken".  The exhibit, which runs until June 14, includes "over 100 drawings, collages, sculptures, and relie ...more

"In Sight" at the Laumeier Sculpture Park
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-31-09
The Laumeier Sculpture Park in St Louis is currently showing "In Sight: Selections from the Collection", and exhibition of "rarely-seen works, unique ephemera and recent acquisitions from its extensive collection of contemporary art." The exhibit includes sculpture, videos, books ...more

Futurism Exhibit in Rome
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-30-09
To celebrate the 100th anniversy of the publication of The Futurist Manifesto, the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome is currently showing an exhibition of futurist work and the art that was influanced by it, including works by Georges Braque, Picasso, Umberto Boccioni, Marcel Duchamp, and  Francis ...more

SMS Listening Party Recap
By Emily Pothast
posted: 03-27-09
"The next piece we listened to may be considered the pièce de résistance of the SMS Portfolios.  Marcel Duchamp’s cover for SMS #2 consists of a seven-minute recording of Duchamp playing contrapetrie, a Surrealist word game that creates meaningful phrases from similar-s ...more

The Creative Act-BLOT vs Marcel Duchamp
By Quicksand Studio
posted: 03-26-09
"This is our interpretation of a paper by Marcel Duchamp, presented to the convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, April 1957. The narration is by Duchamp himself, and the stop motion animation is done by Thiruda at the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in ...more

Monitor Interviews the Artist
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-25-09
On April 9th, the British Film Institute in Southbank will show "Monitor Interviews the Artist", a selection of interviews with and films about artists, including  Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp,  René Magritte and Andy Warhol.  The films come from the archive of the Briti ...more

Canada's Only Stop: Prized Surrealist Art at the AGO this Summer

posted: 03-24-09
"This summer, reality will be suspended at the Art Gallery of Ontario as it welcomes Surreal Things, an innovative exhibition organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. A Canadian exclusive which runs May 9 to August 30, 2009, this is the first exhibition to examine the influence o ...more

Mona Lisa Images for a Modern World
By Robert A. Baron
posted: 03-23-09
"Using the Mona Lisa to mediate between high and low culture is not new. Soon after the turn of the 20th century, the Dada movement revolted against the "high cultural" content of the visual arts. In doing this, in some cases the Dadaists elevated the mundane into the world of the &qu ...more

The Heir & the Cowboy:
Social Predisposition, Mediation & Artistic Profession in Marcel Duchamp & Jackson Pollock
By Nuria Peist
posted: 03-20-09
"Marcel Duchamp enjoyed the security and the support derived from his family’s station and from having the social and cultural capital he accumulated throughout his personal evolution. As a result of this inheritance, the artist was able to postpone remarkably the moment of his consecrati ...more

View Magazine's Marcel Duchamp Special Issue, 1945
By Andrew Otwell
posted: 03-19-09
"Scholars often see View's most valuable contribution as its role in the introduction of Surrealist art to an American audience during the years 1940-1947. Although several recent studies examine the magazine generally within the context of Surrealism in America, few focus closely o ...more

Ubu Roi, book binding by Marcel Duchamp and Mary Reynolds
By Tom Christensen
posted: 03-18-09
"This binding is perhaps the best known and most successful of the collaborations between Reynolds and Duchamp. On November 26, 1934, Duchamp visited his close friend Henri-Pierre Roché in Arago and excitedly reported on a binding that he had just designed for Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Ro ...more

Marcel Duchamp

posted: 03-17-09
"With so much ado about his urinals and wheels, it’s easy to forget that Marcel Duchamp was also an exceptional painter. But Duchamp rejected painting. He rejected, that is, his talent. The fact that an exceptional painter rejected painting -- and ultimately may even have rejected art -- ...more

Duchamp, Love and Death, Even
By Kieran Lyons
posted: 03-16-09
"After Duchamp's death a final set was released in French under the title 'Marcel Duchamp: Notes' (1980) and followed by its English translation in 1983. This has provoked a stream of publications in English as well as further offerings from Europe and elsewh ...more

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, and Chess
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-13-09
In his article All Artists are Not Chess Players Allan Savage looks at the chess playing of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Francis Picabia.  All three were fascinated by the game and incorporated it into their artwork.  Man Ray blieived that a square grid, such as a chess board, was "th ...more

Excerpt from The Posthuman Dada Guide: tzara and lenin play chess
By Andrei Codrescu
posted: 03-12-09
"This is a guide for instructing posthumans in living a Dada life. It is not advisable, nor was it ever, to lead a Dada life. It is and it was always foolish and self-destructive to lead a Dada life because a Dada life will include by definition pranks, buffoonery, masking, deranged senses, int ...more

Reproductions from the MoMA's collection at the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street subway station
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-11-09
The MoMA is currently displaying large-scale reproductions of works from their collection, including Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1913), at the Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street subway station in Brooklyn.  The display, which is intended to increase awareness of the museum's collection, will la ...more

Chess and Art
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-10-09
In a blog post Jennifer Shahade, who annotated 15 chess games for the upcoming book Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess, argues against the idea that Duchamp "renounced art for chess".  Instead, she says, Duchamp's chess playing acutally contributed to his art.  He created works ins ...more

Duchamp's Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette Sells for $11 Million at Auction
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-09-09
Marcel Duchamp's Belle Haleine, Eau de Voilette sold for $11 million as part of a Christie's auction of art belonging to the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.  The work, which surpassed its esitmated price of $1 million, was described by Dada scholar Francis Naumann as “one of the ...more

Controversial Exhibition Features Work By Marcel Duchamp
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-06-09
Starting September 22, the Hamburger Banhof Museum in Berlin will present the collection of Friedrich Christian Flick, which includes work by Marcel Duchamp.  The exhibition has been critisized for its connection to Flick's grandfather "who made his fortune from the war arms industry durin ...more

The Marcel Duchamp I Married
By Lydie Fischer Sarazin-Levassor
posted: 03-05-09
In an excerpt from her memoir A Marriage in Check: The Heart of the Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelor, Even, Duchamp's wife Lydie Fischer Sarazin-Levassor tells about their relationship.  Although they initially  had a happy marriage, Sarazin-Levassor soon found herself excluded from Duc ...more

Jerry Saltz's Idol Thoughts
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-04-09
In his article Idol Thoughts, Jerry Saltz considers the commonly held view that Duchamp is"an 'anti-artist' and an 'iconoclast.'".  Saltz believes this view is "entirely false" and in fact Duchamp "wasn't against art at all; he was against the hypocritical aura surround ...more

Man Ray: Unconcerned but not Indifferent at the Hague Museum of Photography
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-03-09
The Hague Museum of Photography exhibit Man Ray: Unconcerned but not Indifferent, which started on  January 24 and continues until April 19 2009, "is the first exhibition to reveal Man Ray's complete creative process".  It features more than 300 items, including photography, read ...more

Marcel Duchamp:Etant donnes at the Philidelphia Museum of Art
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 03-02-09
The Philidelphia Museum of Art will present the exhibit Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés.  The exhibit includes the work Étant donnés, which has been described by Jasper Johns as “the strangest work of art in any museum”, plus "close to eighty works of a ...more

"Notation" at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Berlin
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-27-09
The exhibit "Notation: Calculation and Form in the Arts", which has its opening tomorrow, " is dedicated to the spectrum of diverse artistic processes existing between the conception and the work".  The exhibit features work from a diverse spectrum of artists, including Marc ...more

Getting the Picture: Illustrated Letters in the Archives of American Art
at the Smithsonian
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-26-09
The Smithsonian Museum's Archives of American Art is currently presenting an exhibit of artist's illustrated letters selected by Archives of American Art Curator of Manuscripts Liza Kirwin.  The exhibit encompesses letters from the early 1900s through the 1980s and includes letters written by M ...more

R. Mutt sticker

posted: 02-25-09
"If you want to turn your toilet into a work of art, how about adorning it with this R. Mutt sticker from Thwart Design? Replicating the 'R. Mutt 1917' signature that Marcel Duchamp put on the original Fountain, does adding the sticker to your loo make it a work of art? It's an interesting tho ...more

Yves Saint Laurent Auction will Feature Work by Duchamp
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-23-09
An upcoming auction of art from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent will feature Duchamp's piece Belle Haleine - Eau de Voilette (1921). The piece, which is a perfume bottle with a photo of Duchamp dressed as a woman on it, is estimated to sell for 1 million Euros.  The auction was organized ...more

SMS Listening Party
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-20-09
Dissonent Plane, an experimental music store in Seattle, is partenering with Davidson Galleries to present an SMS listening party.  SMS is a "series of six portfolios of multiples released in 1968 by the surrealist William Copley" and "six of the works in the SMS portfolios are s ...more

The National Portrait Galley to exhibit
"Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture"
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-19-09
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C will exhibit "Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture" from March 27, 2009 to August 2, 2009.  The exhibit features portraits and self-portraits of Duchamp, many of which have never been exhibited before, in order to " ...more

MoMA Deifies Dada's Top Dog, But Husband, Wife Steal Show
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-18-09
In a review of the Museum of Modern Art's Dada exhibition, Mario Naves contends that Duchamp's readymades have wrongly "become 20th century classics", while Duchamp himself has been "set...up as a deity".  Naves believes that Duchamp himself, who once said "I threw the ...more

Societe Anonyme
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-17-09
In 2007 the Phillips Collection in Washington DC launched its Center for the Study of Moden Art with the exhibit "Societe  Anonyme".  The exhibit is named after an orginization founded by Marcel Duchamp, Katherine Dreier, and Man Ray.  Societe Anoyme's goals were "to br ...more

"Surrealism and Beyond" at the Cincinnati Art Museum
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-13-09
The Cincinnati Art Museum will be the only venue in the US to show the traveling exhibit  "Surrealism and Beyond: In the Israel Museum, Jerusalem", which showcases Dada and Surrealist art from the collection of the Israel Museum.  The exhibit features 234 pieces, starting from th ...more

Vezzoli's Greed Premieres in Rome
By W. Robinson
posted: 02-12-09
"Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli officially launches his new faux perfume, Greed, at Gagosian Gallery in Rome, Feb. 6-Mar. 21, 2009. Described as "a signature perfume for the contemporary moment," Greed is specifically modeled on Marcel Duchamp’s 1921 perfume Belle Haleine, ...more

We are Duchampians
By Ben Davis
posted: 02-11-09
"Duchamp became influential for bringing this lesson of the chess board to the art world, showing that art, like chess, is a set of rules that functions independently of the positive properties of the pieces -- replacing the art object with a bike tire or a bottle rack, for instance. Asking his ...more

In the Manner of Duchamp, 1942-47:
the years of the "mirrorical return"
By Thomas Singer
posted: 02-10-09
"In the Manner of Delvaux may seem too slight a work to inaugurate so substantial a reversal in artistic practices and style. After all, the photographic collage did not attract much attention at the time of its creation.  But Duchamp was a magician in the economy of small gestures. One of ...more

Etant donnes
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-09-09
In his article Private Lives, Public Gestures Jörg Heiser  draws a surprising conection between Marcel Duchamp's Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas)(1946-66) and the movie  Rocky (19 ...more

Rrose Selavy, Man Ray 1921
By Jonathon Jones
posted: 02-06-09
"In choosing Man Ray to take a portrait of Rrose Sélavy, Duchamp co-opted the most adept photographer of glamour on behalf of the 20th century's most celebrated conceptual art. Man Ray gives Rrose the lighting, the sultry look, that made him so in demand in magazines such as Vogue. In a ...more

Marcel Duchamp
By Nan Rosenthal
posted: 02-05-09
"Embodying the intellect of his literary contemporaries Marcel Proust and James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) has been aptly described by the painter Willem de Kooning as a one-man movement. Jasper Johns has written of his work as the 'field where language, thought and vision act on o ...more

Art and Synesthesia:
in search of the synesthetic experience
By Dr. Hugo Heyrman
posted: 02-04-09
" Questioning identity. Marcel Duchamp had taken a mesmerizing photograph of himself, gathered around a table —a co-presence with his additional selves. This multiple-self-portret represents five images of the artist, a mise-en-scène of a brainstorming session with h ...more

Debating American Modernism
Stieglitz, Duchamp, and the New York Avant-Garde

posted: 02-03-09
"A rich dialogue between the circles of artists associated with American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) spurred the development of modern art in the United States between 1915 and 1929. Durin ...more

"Marcel Duchamp: a work that is not a work of art" extended for one more week
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 02-02-09
The popular exhibition "Marcel Duchamp: a work that is not a work of art" in La Boca, Buenos Aires will continue for an extra week.  The exhibition, which opened on November 22, 2008, was a huge sucess and has recieved 30,000 visitors.  It features 123 works by Duchamp, including ...more

A romp with the rat pack
By Adrian Searle
posted: 01-30-09
"This is a very large exhibition, with more than 300 works: paintings, photographs, sculptures, readymades, films, chess sets, and a wealth of documentary material. There is much here I was previously unaware of. The show takes us from the early years of the 20th century to 1976, when the last ...more

Judovitz `unpacks' Duchamp and his legacy to modernism
By Jan Gleason
posted: 01-29-09
" It didn't bother Dalia Judovitz that she was officially an expert in 17th century French literature and philosophy when she decided to write a book on Marcel Duchamp, considered by many to be the major art figure of the 20th century. Even though she was not an art historian, she had a strong ...more

Towards a Definition
By Kristina Seekamp
posted: 01-28-09
"The complexity of the deceivingly simple-looking Readymades has challenged many over the past century.  Trying to pin down the collection of Readymades into a workable body of pieces, many have attempted to seperate them into seperate catergories according to their relative degrees of 'pu ...more

Dreier and Duchamp, modernism's dynamic duo
By Roberta Smith
posted: 01-27-09
"Dreier and Duchamp. Duchamp and Dreier. As dynamic artist duos go, the pairing of Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp does not have the familiar ring of Picasso and Braque, or Johns and Rauschenberg. But it should, and "The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America" at ...more

The flag: Michael Taylor picks Marcel Duchamp
By Michael Taylor
posted: 01-26-09
"The biting satire of [Duchamp's] portrait of George Washington reflects the artist's nihilistic mood during the Second World War, which had brought back painful memories of the jingoistic patriotism that had led to the senseless loss of so many of his friends and even family members, including ...more

Influances and Originality
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 01-23-09
In his article Reinventing the wheel, Jonathan Jones states that Duchamp's "big idea - that any ordinary "readymade" object can be chosen by the artist as a work of art - has sunk so deep into modern culture that he is imagined almost as a biblical prophet, a remote figure of authorit ...more

Excerpt from Marcel Duchamp: Art as Anti-Art
By Janis Mink
posted: 01-22-09
"Why Not Sneeze? was not a success.  Not many people saw it, and those who did found it hard to understand, but too strange to be meaningless.  It was the kind of transitional object that channeled the hot air of Dada into the lungs of Surrealism, which ...more

Museum of Hoaxes: Marcel Duchamp
By Elliot Feldman
posted: 01-21-09
"Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) always held the snobbishness of art collectors and gallery owners in disdain. While he was a revolutionary artist with at least one eternal masterpiece ('Nude Descending a Staircase'), he was also a supreme prankster to those few who 'got the joke.'" ...more

Marcel Duchamp's Legacy to 20th Century Art
By Kenneth Baker
posted: 01-20-09
"The `readymades,'as Duchamp called them, borrowing an English word he picked up in New York, are usually understood as critical pranks that show how arbitrary is the marriage of object and meaning or intent in traditional artworks. "In `The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp,'Jerrold Seige ...more

Art and economics: Duchamp's postmodern returns
Marcel Duchamp - Post-ing Modernism
By Dalia Judovitz
posted: 01-19-09
"Marcel Duchamp's most radical departure from painting is embodied in his discovery and exploration of the ready-mades (1913-1927), works which usurp the notion of reproduction by highlighting the redundancy of a work of art as a commonplace object. According to Octavio Paz, the ready-made defi ...more

Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell
By Juliet Clark
posted: 01-16-09
"Currently on view in Measure of Time, an evolving exhibition examining temporality and duration in American art of the past century, are works from the BAM collections by two ancestors of the assemblage aesthetic celebrated in Semina Culture: the consummate intellectual gamesman Marcel Duchamp ...more

Duchamp's Persona
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 01-14-09
In her article Duchamp's Hidden Noise: A Lifelong Flirtation With Fame, Alice Goldfarb Marquis considers Duchamp's relationship to the media and the persona which he created for himself through interviews.  Marquis asserts that "Duchamp worked harder at burnishing his persona than he ever ...more

Marcel Duchamp's The Creative Act
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 01-13-09
In a piece written for the Session on the Creative Act, held in Houstan, Texas in 1957, Marcel Duchamp considers the role of the viewer in art.  He believes that the artist is like a medium who "seeks his way out of a clearing" with no conciousness...about what he is doing or why he i ...more

Dust Breeding
By Larry Marder
posted: 01-13-09
"Duchamp decided to visit America. He began the Glass in New York in 1915. He applied lead wires to the transparent glass in the geometric shaps and designs he desired. The work went achingly slow. For one part of his Glass--the seives-- Duchamp decided to use actual dust." ...more

Anemic Cinema

posted: 01-13-09
"Duchamp used the initial payment on his inheritance to make Anemic Cinema and to go into the art business (Calvin Tomkins). The film was shot in Man Ray's studio with the help of cinematographer Marc Allégret. Various versions were made in 1920, 1923 and eventually in 1926. This is the ...more

Marcel Duchmap/ Readymades
By Séverine Gossar
posted: 01-12-09
"The strange thing about ready-mades is that I’ve never been able to come up with a definition or an explanation that fully satisfies me." [Marcel Duchamp] ...Commentators have tried, but in vain. The elements have been covered by a scientific straight jacket whose thickness is even ...more

Auction of Duchamp's Readymades
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 01-08-09
In May 2002, according to the BBC News article Urinal Fails to Make a Splash, a company in New York held an auction of "a rare collection of Marcel Duchamp's famous 'readymade' conceptual art".  The work " sold for prices below expectations" and some of the items did not sel ...more

Where Next for Mao? Shi Xinning's Director's Notes on Chinese History
By Ulrike Munter
posted: 01-08-09
“I almost always work with a staging of completely incompatible props and scenery. For example, Mao views a Duchamp exhibition in China – something that never took place. Or I place a curved steel sculpture by Richard Serra in Tiananmen Square – facing Mao’s famous portrait a ...more

Marcel Duchamp
By Petri Liukkonen
posted: 01-07-09
"Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon, a Normandy village, as the son of Eugène Duchamp, a notary, and Marie-Caroline-Lucie Duchamp (née Nicolle). Marcel was the fourth of seven children. Four of them gained fame as artists. Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918) ...more

Rose Selavy
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 01-06-09
Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Francis Picabia all created female alter-egos at some point during their careers.  In her article Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray: Dada in drag Joanna  Pitman argues that all three of these alter-egos "related to their broadening concept of what it meant to be ...more

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Art Museum Toilets Elevated to an Art Form
By Heidi Schwartz
posted: 01-05-09
“'This museum was founded in the spirit of Marcel Duchamp, who in 1917 produced the sculpture Fountain and changed the way we viewed art,' stated Director Robert Schlemielle. 'This piece essentially showcased that art may not be hanging in the proud walls of a museum gallery, but in the common ...more

Burghers of Zurich vote to support Dada birthplace
By Star News Services
posted: 01-02-09
"Voters in Switzerland's business capital Zurich decided on Sunday to continue subsidizing the Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of the anarchic Dada movement." ...more

The Music of Marcel Duchamp
By Kotik Petr
posted: 01-01-09
"Although Marcel Duchamp's musical oeuvre is sparse, these pieces represent a radical departure from anything done up until that time. Duchamp anticipated with his music something that then became apparent in the visual arts, especially in the Dada Movement: the arts are here for all to create, ...more

Work avoidance:
the everyday life of Marcel Duchamp's readymades
By Helen Molesworth
posted: 12-31-08
"[Duchamp's readymades] are objects for cleaning, hanging, storing, drying, preening, and peeing: objects whose purpose is to aid in self-presentation, objects that allow homes and offices to function. They are the unsung aids that allow us to do the work of maintaining house and body, so that ...more

A Short Biography of the
Baroness Elsa Freytag-Loringhoven
including some of her writings
By Christopher Lane
posted: 12-30-08
"The Baroness Else von Freytag-Loringhoven (sometimes printed with another 'von' after 'Freytag') was one of the most bizarre characters seen in Greenwich Village during the '20s. In many ways the Baroness's life was so tragic and ridiculous that it is difficult to understand what interest Poun ...more

Some Experimental Piffles of the Silent Era

posted: 12-30-08
The author reviews some experimental silent films, including Duchamp's Anemic Cinema and Man Ray's Le Retour a la Raison, and concludes that they are "piffles", interesting only within the larger context of the artists' works.  ...more

Marcel Duchamp: A Game of Chess

posted: 12-29-08
"This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America afte ...more

Speed Art Museum Presents Marcel Duchamp

posted: 12-24-08
"Louisville, Kentucky - The Speed Art Museum is excited to present to Louisville an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp: Marcel, Marcel. On exhibition 13 November through 17 February, 2008.Perhaps no artist of the twentieth century has aroused more passion and controversy, nor exerted a greater influe ...more

Fountain Named Most Influential Modern Art Work of All Time
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 12-24-08
In 2004, Duchamp’s Fountain was named the most influential art modern art work of all time by a poll of 500 art experts. Following the announcement, an article on the BBC News website asked readers, “Do you think the Fountain is an influential work of modern art? Do you agree with the ex ...more

Simplistic Art: Artcore stuff
By Sunil
posted: 12-23-08
"The following excerpt from the autobiography of Lydie Fischer Sarazin-Levassor (Duchamp’s wife) is revealing, punny and insightful." ...more

Changing Art Forever: Marcel Duchamp
By Andrea Fernandes
posted: 12-23-08
        "Four readers requested a post on Marcel Duchamp, one of the most controversial and most discussed artists in recent history. A Google search yields almost 1.5 million results for the French and American artist, whose 121st birthday was yesterday. Much of t ...more

Duchamp and his legacy
By Hilton Kramer
posted: 12-22-08
"What accounts for the immense intellectual prestige which the mystique of Marcel Duchamp has enjoyed in this country - if only in certain circles, to be sure - for more decades than most of us can now remember?" ...more

Input/ Output: Marcel Duchamp
By Dietrich Grünewald
posted: 12-19-08
" What is it then that distinguishes the offer of art 'Fountain' from the functional product urinal? Visible changes that were carried out by Duchamp and appear as material language, are the signature (R. Mutt 1917), the presentation (the backside lying on a pedestal - compare with the historical ph ...more

Marjorie Perloff's Dada Without Duchamp / Duchamp Without Dada:
Avant-Garde Tradition and the Individual Talent
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 12-18-08
Dada is referred to by both art critics and it own members as a collective movement and a group provocation of both the art world and its long-held belief in individual genius.Duchamp himself, through his use of mass-produced objects, questioned the role of the individual artist.Yet at the same time ...more

Marcel Duchamp: Anything Goes
By Matthew Collings
posted: 12-17-08
"The new exhibition at London's Tate Modern features three heavy hitters, the Frenchmen Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, and the American Man Ray. They are associated with the Dada and Surrealism movements, but they were friends before these existed, and after they ended. Of the three, Ducha ...more

Myriad exhibits of conceptualism :
Is it art? Nuit Blanche brings question to the fore
By Murray Whyte, Toronto Star
posted: 12-15-08
"If Conceptual Art was about de-emphasizing the art object, it's easy to trace that notion to a much earlier time. To 1917, in fact, when Marcel Duchamp famously exhibited a porcelain urinal and signed it 'R. Mutt.' It was a sudden reduction of the idea of art. Duchamp was saying for the fi ...more

The accidental surrealist: Mary Reynolds, American in Paris
By Sheila Lennon
posted: 12-15-08
“Warm Ashes: The Life and Career of Mary Reynolds is astonishing. Why haven't we heard of Mary Reynolds before, in the same breath as Anais Nin and Djuna Barnes? Perhaps because she did not write. She bound books. In a time when the world was small enough that all the artists seemed to know ea ...more

Novel Appearances: French Book Art at the New York Public Library
By Anne K. Yoder
posted: 12-15-08
“It’s as though a bomb were inadvertently dropped on the essence of book art during the first World War; it emerged on the other side fundamentally changed, spinning off in many directions. Dada shook up the established ideas of art and literature, especially in Paris where the movement ...more

Unmaking the Museum: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades in Context
By Kristina Seekamp
posted: 12-15-08
“Bicycle Wheel was not intended to be a remarkable piece of art, but rather a personal experiment. However, just because the initial idea behind it wasn't art-oriented doesn't mean that Duchamp didn't whole-heartedly embrace the wonderful uproar and contradictions it later acquired when becomi ...more

Spiritualism and Nihilism: The Second Decade?
By Donald Kuspit
posted: 12-15-08
"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." ...more

Pierre Pinocelli and the Destruction of Art
By Cayla Lewis
posted: 12-15-08
In The New York Times article Conceptual Artist as Vandal: Walk Tall and Carry a Little Hammer (or Ax), Alan Riding reports on the arrest of French performance artist Pierre Pinoncelli, who attempted to break a replica of Duchamp’s Fountain that was on display at the Pompidou center. Yet, as Riding ...more

Peggy Guggenheim & Gallery Jeune
By Gon?lo Beja da Costa
posted: 11-25-08
"Peggy Guggenheim opened the gallery Guggenheim Jeune in London in January 1938 ... The gallery on 30 Cork Street, next to Roland Penrose's and E. L. T. Mesens' show-case for the Surrealist movement, the London Gallery...Marcel Duchamp, whom she had known since the early 1920s, when she lived i ...more


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February 21 - May 26, 2008 "Curated by Jennifer Mundy, Head of Collection Research at Tate, with assistance from Nicholas Cullinan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, London, England.The ...more

Marcel Duchamp Redux Works At Pasadena Museum

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April 25 - December 8, 2008"This year marks the 45th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s legendary retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum, now the Norton Simon Museum, from April 25 to December 8, 2008. Org ...more

The Turner/Chico Museum to Present Marcel Duchamp Art Exhibit/Lecture

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March 12 - April 27, 2008 "The exhibition “Marcel Duchamp: About the Large Glass and Related Works” will be held at The Turner/Chico Museum, March 12 to April 27, ...more

The Museum of Modern Art , New York City

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March 2–May 12, 2008This MOMA Exhibit features Duchamp's oil painting "T'um""Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today" Go to interactive online exhibition ...more

Marcel Duchamp enfrnaçais sur le web

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-- Excellent Marcel Duchamp web site in French ...more

Man Ray: Unconcerned But Not Indifferent: Book Review Posted by Mr. Whiskets

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New York Armory Show of 1913 - International Exhibition of Modern Art

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The 1913 Armory Show : Resources • Wikipedia • • Welcome to the 1913 Armory Show , by Shelley Staples for ...more

Ford, Breton, and the Contents of the Duchamp View

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Chapter by Andrew Otwell, 1997. ...more

Shallow Space - the theme of relief continues...
Henry Moore Institute Leeds Exhibitions

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"Professor Brandon Taylor has curated a new display from the Leeds collections which develops the current season's exploration of relief sculpture". ...more

"Call for Artists: Urban Ready Mades"

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2008-03-20 until 2008-09-23 Marcello's Art Factory den Haag, , NL Netherlands "'Marcello's Art Factory' in The Hague, Netherlands is currently hosting a project entitled 'Urban Ready Mades' which comes from the concept of "ready mades ...more

Alison Knowles and the Gift on Histories and Theories of Intermedia

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"Richard introduced me to Marcel Duchamp in order to execute the screen print "Coeurs Volants." The Something Else press needed permission to use the image of the flying hearts on a cover of a book called Sweethearts by Emmett Williams"... ...more

The "Creative Act" by Marcel Duchamp

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"Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on the one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity"... ...more

Marcel Duchamp Redux

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"Opening next month is Marcel Duchamp Redux, a special installation commemorating the 45th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's legendary retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum)".... ...more

Museum of Modern Art Presents Geometry of Motion 1920s/1970s

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"Richter's interest in experimental cinema was related to Duchamp's abstract optical tests with rotary discs and afterimages that in 1926 resulted in Anémic Cinema (also on view at MoMA), a film alternating shots of rotating spirals with discs inscribed with erotic puns".... ...more

2D Integrated Studio / Spring 08

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Photomontage and Dadaism: A Closer Look at Two Visionaries, Ryan's Research Photomontage and Dadaism: A Closer Look at Two Visionaries By Ryan Brewer ...more

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

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"The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. " See Time line entry about Marcel Duchamp".... ...more

On Collecting Picabia's Writings and the Translation of His Major Poetry and Manifestos

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"DADA kisses in the spring water and its kisses must be the contact of water with fire," Picabia, Philosophical Dada, 1920""I had just turned off a narrow passageway onto a deserted street in an old district of Paris, a street that would have difficulty accommodating two-way traf ...more

Marcel Duchamp and Maya Deren First Part

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"Maya Deren (April 29, 1917, Kiev - October 13, 1961, New York City), born Eleanora Derenkowsky, was an American avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, poet, writer and photographer. Also in 1943, Deren began making a film with Marcel ...more

Marcel Duchamp and Maya Deren Second Part

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Witch's Cradle 1943, Director: Maya Deren (1917-1961) Cast: Marcel Duchamp, B&W (incomplete) "Witch's Cradle, a choreographed set of movements ...more

The Man Ray Trust official web site

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Galeries Virtuelles "These virtual galleries offer a course set of themes (hands) of the photographer Man Ray. Choose a gallery ... to sail in the space. The galleries use Java technology and do not function on Macintosh. Plug-In flash is necessary to visualize t ...more


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"Originally played as an intermission with no sound, this film is now a must for any fan/historian of fine art. Featuring cameos by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and other notables, Clair and Picabia's dada collage of different narratives, experimental use of the camera, and surrealist and absurdist imag ...more

Man Ray workshop

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At the Pinacothèque de Paris, from March 5 to June 1, 2008 "The Pinacotheque in Paris presents an unprecedented retrospective of works by Man Ray. For the first time, all aspects of the creation of the artist will be unveiled. An exceptional selection of works including ...more

Marcel Duchamp and John Cage

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" 'Dreams that Money can Buy' : a film by Hans Richter with many artists. This is a Duchamp's fragment with music by John Cage."... ...more

The Cool School'

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"Documentary. Directed by Morgan Neville. (Not rated. 86 minutes. At the Roxie.)" "In 1963, Hopps gave his stake in Ferus to Blum so he could become director of the Pasadena Art Museum, where he staged the first American retr ...more

MoMA Exhibits Book/Shelf

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March 26-July 7, 2008 "Book/Shelf begins with Marcel Duchamp's Unhappy Readymade (1919), a work created when the artist, while traveling, instructed his sister back home to hang a geometry book on her balcony and to let the wind fl ...more

Todays Quote 04.18.08 by michael ammerman

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"Art is like a shipwreck... it's everyman for himself." Marcel Duchamp... ...more

In the Tate Collection : Marcel Duchamp:
The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even, (The Green Box) 1934 [front cover]

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"In 1934 Marcel Duchamp - or more accurately his alter ego Rrose Sélavy - published in green felt covered boxes ninety-four loose notes relating to the development and function of his magnum opus The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even, known familiarly as 'The Large Glass'... ...more

Chess musings by circletide on Dichterische Fragmente

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"It was Duchamp, wasn't it, that gave up his art, his projects, for chess? Perhaps not true, but I remember it so. Did Duchamp not talk of chess being the highest form of art because it is - in the most basic form - a visual representation of human thought, but also because it, as does life, co ...more

...Ray, man! Man Ray Exhibition in Madrid

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" "My mother told me I made my first man on paper when I was three", Man Ray wrote in his Self-portrait typed manuscript. "Man Ray - Unconcerned But Not Indifferent" exhibition presents drawings, photographs, paintings, ...more

Duchamp's Brother Raymond Duchamp-Villon sculpture

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"Raymond Duchamp-Villon's began work on the plaster original of The Horse, a composite image of an animal and machine, in 1914, finishing it on leaves from military duty in the fall. It was preceded by numerous sketches and by several other versions initiated in 1913. The original conception did not ...more

That Ubu that you do

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"(Alfred) Jarry's legacy was formalised posthumously in 1948 by the founding of the Collège de 'Pataphysique in Paris. Its constitution asserts that all people are 'pataphysicians whether they know it or not, but paid-up Collège members have included artists... Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuff ...more

Scathing Online Schoolmarm

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Margaret Solton's response to Yale erred in banning Shvarts' art by Seth Kim-Cohen"An art professor at Yale wrestles with the Aliza Shvarts controversy. He attempts to open with humor, but what he’s written sounds pompous and illogical. Do Yale students think professors are gods? Robots? All teacher ...more

The Western Round Table on Modern Art (1949)

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"Participants included Marcel Duchamp, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arnold Schoenburg, Mark Tobey, Gregory Bateson. Organizer Douglas MacAgy writes, "The object of the Round Table was to bring a representation of the best informed opinion of the time to bear on questions about art today (1949)."... ...more

Dada Magazine, Issues 1, 2, 3 (1917-1918)

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" Appearing in July 1917, the first issue of Dada, subtitled Miscellany of Art and Literature, featured contributions from members of avant-garde groups throughout Europe, including Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Delaunay, and Wassily Kandinsky... Printed in newspaper format in both French and German ed ...more

Artwork Censored Duchamp's urinal. Yale erred in banning Shvarts' art
By Seth Kim-Cohen
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"....Unfortunately, the (Yale) University has banned her work from the Senior Project Show, making a first-hand encounter with Shvarts' work impossible. The University has decided not to allow the rest of us make up our own minds. I am considerably more troubled by their action than by hers. ..For t ...more

Surrealist Enrico Donati Dies at 99
By sanjoe
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"Enrico Donati, an Italian-born American painter and sculptor considered by many in the art world to be the last of the Surrealists, died at his home in Manhattan Enrico Donati (b.1909) was an American Surrealist painter and sculptor of Italian birth...he was clearly drawn to Surrealism. This was re ...more

Video: Badiou, "Some Remarks Concerning Marcel Duchamp" at Tilton Gallery
By Farhang Erfani
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By ainanott
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"Marcel Duchamp (Dada artist) altered the classic Mona Lisa originally created by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. .. From looking at these (Dada) artworks, some similarities have been related in the progression of electronic literacy and digital art. As we live in the midst of a 'G ...more

The fountain drawings
By Mike Bidlo
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"Mike Bidlo has concentrated his artistic energies on making a large number of drawings, each one different from the other, with Duchamp's masterpiece as their subject, using a multitude of brushes, pencils and media." ... ...more

Student research at Savannah College of Art and Design:

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Britt Kirmes' thesis statement about Duchamp "Marcel Duchamp is one of the most influential artists of his time because of his unique approach to art, integration of art and life, and ability to provoke thought within the viewer."See her outline ...more

Francis Picabia : The Chess-Theory Virtual Art Museum

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Also go to Picabia's BIO ...more

Histories and Theories of Intermedia

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Articles on Marcel Duchamp from University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program ...more

Pasadena Part II: Norton Simon Museum
By Acornucopia Project
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" ...We went to the Norton Simon Museum to see the Marcel Duchamp Redux exhibition... It was smaller than I expected but they had some good pieces on display. They had a set of four "rotoreliefs" that were best viewed in person. These were motor driven turntables that rotated an image to give ...more

Metropolitan Museum Announces Master Photographer Exhibit in June
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"The exhibition concludes with the work of four artists who were significant in transforming photography into a modern visual language. The exhibition's photographs by Man Ray (1890–1976), for example, will capture the broad creative scope of his work in the 1920s and 1930s, including portraits of f ...more

Catálogo Retrospectiva Duchamp Mary Sisler Collection
By Marcelo GUTMAN
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See animation ...more

The surreal thing: Man Ray's Paris
By Carole Pope, National Post
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"As an art groupie, I've always been a fan of the great Surrealist artist Man Ray and wanted to immerse myself in the neighbourhoods where he lived, created his art and socialized with friends who were often the subject of his work..." ...more

Stephanie Delacey and Luis Drayton by Marcel Duchamp
By Stephanie Delacey and Luis Drayton
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"Taken at the Duchamp/Picabia/Man Ray exhibition at the Tate Modern; 13/05/08. Photo: Stephanie Delacey..." ...more

Surrealist Manifesto' comes up for auction in Paris

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"The only known complete copy of the "Surrealist Manifesto," the 21-page document that defined one of the great art movements of the 20th century, is to be auctioned in Paris...Penned by Andre Breton and published in 1924, it comes from the collection of the late Simone Collinet, his ...more

Pompidou Centre apologizes for broken artwork

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"The Pompidou Centre had promised to take additional measures to prevent damage to artworks after two contemporary works from its Los Angeles: 1955-1985 exhibition were broken in September 2006.That incident followed an attack in January 2006 during which a man used a hammer to damage an upturned ur ...more

Miller And The Matisses
By Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company: A Henry Miller Blog
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"Alexina Sattler (1906-1995) entered into the Matisse family through her marriage to Pierre Matisse [8]. The American-born artist­nicknamed "teeny" because of her petite stature­went to Paris in 1921 to pursue her artistic vocation. She married Pierre in 1929...She divorced Pierre in 1949, and later ...more

Man Ray: Avant-Garde Alchemist
By The Artist
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"So, how does someone named Emmanuel Radnitzky end up with a stylish moniker such as 'Man Ray'? Well, his family surname was changed to 'Ray' in 1912 at the suggestion of Man Ray's brother. The family surname was changed as a reaction to the anti-Semitism that was rampant in Brooklyn, New York at th ...more

Releated works: marcel duchamp, Harold E. Edgerton
By Clemens Winkler
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"Harold Eugene “Doc” Edgerton (April 6, 1903 – January 4, 1990) was a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is largely credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device. For example; today, the electro ...more

Duchamp: A Game of Chess
By Novis.Liber
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"This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America after fle ...more

Elsa Schiaparelli, Surrealist Star
By David Motta
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"Elsa Schiaparelli was an influential Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, she dominated fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, her designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborator Salvador Dali...Elsa began working for Gaby [Picabia, ex-wife of ...more

Sterne and Steinberg: Critics Wit
By The Menil Collection
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"Friendly with Duchamp, she [Hedda Sterne] exhibited alongside Pollock and Newman, drank with de Kooning and held glorious debates with Harold Rosenberg. Greenberg chronicled her and "Life" magazine captured her several times, the most famous photo of which is Art History-101 iconic. She refused to ...more

The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America
By the Yale University Art Gallery
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Exhibition Venues • Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA: April 23–August 20, 2006 • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC: October 14, 2006–January 21, 2007 • Dallas Museum of Art, TX: June 10–Septe ...more

He was 'Nouveau' when it was new
By Rachel Donadio
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Robbe-Grillet and the other so-called New Novelists, including Michel Butor, Nathalie Sarraute and Claude Simon, wanted to do in literature what others had done in art ­ just as Marcel Duchamp had deconstructed human motion in "Nude Descending a Staircase" and the Abstract Expressionis ...more

The Dada Baroness
By Elaine's T* Art Blog
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"One of the completely forgotten names--but a name well-known among the literati of the 1920's--is that of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927). This enigmatic, gender-bending artist, a friend and collaborator of Duchamp, Man Ray and Djuna Barnes, is considered by art historians to be t ...more

Marcel Duchamp's masterwork
By Timothy B. Buckwalters
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"In 1969's Art Bulletin, the Philadelphia Museum of Art's newsletter, [the late] Anne d'Harnoncourt and Walter Hopps offered the history of and an analysis for Marcel Duchamp's masterwork, Etant Donnés... Also included in the Bulletin was an amazing backstage look at the process. Between 1965 and 19 ...more

Duchamp en Buenos Aires
By Marcelo Gutman
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"This DVD is a strictly limited edition catalogue of 1.000. Each numbered and hand signed by the artist, curator and researcher Marcelo Gutman. You can see a hand made video of the exhibition here [on YouTube] " ...more

Duchamp's concept "inframince"
By whichby
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"Aesthetic concept developed by Marcel Duchamp for whom it generally characterised a thickness ("épaisseur"), a separation, a difference, an interval between two things, in general little perceptible. The inframince qualifies a distance or a difference that you cannot perceive, but that you can only ...more

Marcel Duchamp's famous statement on creativity
By Muindi
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"Marcel Duchamp, "The Creative Act" statement : "Let us consider two important factors, the two poles of the creation of art: the artist on the one hand, and on the other the spectator who later becomes the posterity... All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator ...more

Duchamp pipe for Enrico Donati
By Marcin_Pro's blog
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"Marcel Duchamp carved a wooden pipe for Donati. Enrico Donati was a close friend of Marcel Duchamp, as well as a fellow surrealist painter.Donati says that there is no story behind this pipe and that it was given to him by Duchamp as a token of their friendship.&q ...more

By ArtSlant team
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"The Marcel Duchamp Prize was created in 2000 by the ADIAF, (Association for the international distribution of French art), the largest group of private and amateur contemporary art collectors in France, as an initiative, amongst others, for promoting French artists internationally. Its aim is to en ...more

Marsden Hartley exhibit at Amon Carter shows darker vision of the West
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"[Marsden] Hartley returned to New York City in 1919, where he became an unlikely member of the Société Anonyme, the avant-garde group headed by Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Katherine Dreier. Hartley was attracted to the freedom of the group, but he was at heart a much more traditional artist and he ...more

Wee exhibit, big scandal
By Angela Bennie
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"Which is perhaps why Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the curator of the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, has placed Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel right at the centre of her huge line-up of contemporary art in this year's Biennale program, to which she has attached the slogan "Revolution - Forms that Turn" as her ove ...more

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Exhibit at Museo Nacional D'Art de Catalunya
By Art Knowledge News
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"BARCELONA - This exhibition aims to chart the artistic and personal relationships of three of the great figures in early twentieth-century art, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia. Together they created the Dada movement in New York during the First World War, and, unusually wi ...more

Ducham en Barcelona
By A-Desk Media
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"See video of new "Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia" exhibition in Spain ...more

Duchamp: "Sixteen Miles of String" (1942)
By Wrong
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"Duchamp bought 16 miles of string, of which only one mile was used, to prepare an entanglement in which the visitor experienced difficulties in finding his way to the paintings, a metaphor for the difficulties which the layman often encounters in the attempt to understand modern painting" ...more

Davy between painting, photography
By Alex Supartono, Contributor, Jakarta
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"In his letter to Alfred Steiglitz -- the father of American photography -- Marcel Duchamp wrote: "You know exactly how I feel about photography. I would like to see it make people despise painting until something else will make photography unbearable." The letter is dated May 22, 1922." ...more

Machinima and Up and Coming
By The Recycled Cinema
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"Most of my reading and writing right now is concerned with how Surrealists theorized found objects. The principal figures I'm looking at, Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp were not officially inaugurated by Andre Breton into the Surrealist group but made some of the most interesting contributions t ...more

Jeu d'échecs avec Marcel Duchamp
By harry wanders
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"This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America after fle ...more

"ALL ARTISTS ARE NOT CHESS PLAYERS" : Allan Savage on Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia
By Michael Leonard
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"For Marcel Duchamp, chess was almost everything. As his friend, the author Henri-Pierre Roché, noted: "He needed a good chess game like a baby needs his bottle." It featured throughout his art career, from his early painting Portrait of Chess Players (1911) to Reunion, the performance/chess game he ...more

Machinima and Up and Coming
By The Recycled Cinema
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"Most of my reading and writing right now is concerned with how Surrealists theorized found objects. The principal figures I'm looking at, Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp were not officially inaugurated by Andre Breton into the Surrealist group but made some of the most interesting contributions t ...more

Elsa Schiaparelli, Surrealist Star
By David Motta
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"Elsa Schiaparelli was an influential Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, she dominated fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, her designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborator Salvador Dali...Elsa began working for Gaby [Picabia, ex-wife of ...more

Picabia, Man Ray, Duchamp, des hEROS
By L. Brandon Krall
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"Review: Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia was on view at the Tate Modern, London in May. It traveled to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, where is on view from June 19 to September 21." ...more

Marcel Duchamp: A work that is not a work "of art"
By Lee Wells
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MAM – MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA DE SÃO PAULO Curator: Elena Filipovic 15 July - 21 September "On the day marking its 60th bir ...more

Duchamp in Buenos Aries : Exhibition

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"De la estadía porteña de nueve meses de Marcel Duchamp es relativamente poco lo que se sabe y gracias a la creación de unas pocas obras y a una decena de cartas." ...more

Happy Birthday Berenice Abbott

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BERENICE ABBOTT (1898–1991) "Berenice Abbott can be considered the photographer of New York City. A revolutionary documentary photographer, Abbott was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1898, and studied for one year at Ohio State University, Columbus, before moving to New York in 1918 to stu ...more

'Erratum Musical'
By Lina Dzuverovic
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"The practice of cutting-up, appropriating and repurposing existing content in the creation of new artworks was central to 20th century artistic practice. From Marcel Duchamp's 'Erratum Musical' (1913) which spliced together dictionary definitions of the word 'imprimer' with a score composed fr ...more

Marcel Duchamp's Birthday today : July 28, 1887

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Dreams That Money Can Buy
By zeno
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The film " is a 1947 American experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter. Each of the seven surreal dream sequences in the diegesis is in fact the creation of a contemporary avant-garde and/or surrealist artist, as follows ...more

Interview with Marcel Duchamp
By Gluon-Symmetry
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"Marcel Duchamp was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Duchamp's output had considerable influence on the development of post-World War I Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art worl ...more

What is Kinetic Art?
Avant-Garde Art in Motion Challenges the Observer
By Brenda Ann Bur
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"Marcel Duchamp was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Duchamp's output had considerable influence on the development of post-World War I Western art, and whose advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art worl ...more

Photo bomber "Art Interventionists"
By Monica Corcoran , LA Times
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"Critics will say that photo bombing hardly constitutes 'art intervention,' which is the intentional meddling into a pre-existing piece of artwork or even an art venue, like a gallery or museum. (The performance artist who took a hammer to Marcel Duchamp's famous urinal -- titled 'Fountain' -- in Pa ...more

Ranking the greatest artworks of the twentieth century
By Patricia Cohen, International Herald Tribune
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"His [David Galenson] statistical approach has led to what he says is a radically new interpretation of 20th-century art, one he is certain art historians will hate. It is based in part on how frequently an illustration of a work appears in textbooks. 'Demoiselles' came in at No. 1 with 28 i ...more

Duchamp & the Hatrack
By Byron Caplan
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"This segment is from my documentary on the Dada movement titled, 'Random Acts of Beauty: The Story of Dada.' Here, Stephen C Foster talks about Duchampian mind-games used to determine what qualifies as art. " ...more

Duchamp & The Indifferent Field of Possibilities
By Byron Caplan
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"This segment is from my documentary on Dada titled, "Random Acts of Beauty: The Story of Dada." this segment examines Duchamp's interest in randomness and chance as compared to the Zurich Dadaists. It is a different take altogether." ...more

Marcel Duchamp: Etant Donnes
By ruzik_tuzik, Huliq News
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"This is the first exhibition to examine the genesis, construction, and reception of Etant donnes: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'eclairage (Given: 1° The Waterfall, 2° The Illuminating Gas), Marcel Duchamp's enigmatic final masterwork that was secretly executed in New York during the last 20 years ...more

The genius of Duchamp?
Larry Evans on chess: Marcel Duchamp's vexing problem
By Susan Polgar
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"Many years ago [Francis] Neumann also submitted it to my column in Chess Life, offering a reward of $15 to anyone who either could solve it or prove there was no possible solution. ' I have since subjected this problem to the most powerful computers and I am now convinced that Duchamp has given us, ...more

(Re)make it new
By William Bostwick ,
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"Johnson and Duchamp turned springs and shovels into art objects by renaming them, changing their context, casting them in new light. The shovel never changed–just the way we looked at it. ..Duchamp's shovel is still a shovel. John Gordon says that as a curator, he's ' looking for craftsmanship and ...more

Chess from Duchamp to Damien Hirst
By Alastair Sooke,
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"In 1927, Marcel Duchamp...married a young heiress called Lydie Sarazin-Lavassor. The honeymoon did not go well. "Duchamp spent most of the week studying chess problems," recalled the artist's close friend Man Ray, "and his bride, in desperate retaliation, got up one night when he was asleep and glu ...more

Original Copies: 'The Art of Appropriation' at MoMA
By JOHN GOODRICH , The New York Sun
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"Nearby, Duchamp's "L.H.O.O.Q. Shaved" (1965) consists simply of a playing-card image of the "Mona Lisa" mounted on a sheet signed by the artist. The artist has left this portrait mustache-less, unlike his infamous "L.H.O.O.Q." of nearly a half-century before." Exhibition until November 10 2008 ...more

Art object' stickers mysteriously appear, stirring discussion
By Steve Wideman , Post Crescent
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"No one knows where the dots came from, said Benjamin Shahin...'They are everywhere downtown. You'll see light poles valued at $1,' Shahin said... The stickers suggest a notion by the late French artist Marcel Duchamp of "ready-made" art: that an artist can elevate an ordinary object to the status o ...more

Surrealist Art - Intro
By Aavey
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"In 1941, Breton went to the United States, where he co-founded the short-lived magazine VVV with Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and the American artist David Hare. However, it was the American poet, Charles Henri Ford, and his magazine View which offered Breton a channel for promoting Surrealis ...more

Last work of surrealist Marcel Duchamp discovered
By Fiona Govan, , The Telegraph
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"The last ever art work created by the influential French surrealist Marcel Duchamp has been discovered in an apartment in in northeastern Spain... The artist is believed to be responsible for a corner fireplace built within the residence in the resort of Cadaques in Catalonia where he spent the ...more

Marcel Duchamp
By Dario Rodighiero
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"A tribute to Marcel Duchamp." ...more

Joseph Kosuth
By Dzire's Wonderland
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" A chair sits alongside a photograph of a chair and a dictionary definition of the word chair. Perhaps all three are chairs, or codes for one: a visual code, a verbal code, and a code in the language of objects, that is, a chair of wood. But isn't this last chair simply . . . a chair? Or, as Marcel ...more

A Little Dust, to Give a Room Character
By Alice Elliott Dark, New York Times
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"Several of the most influential modernist artists made much of dust. Marcel Duchamp grew it on plates of glass, and Man Ray photographed the results in a famous photo called "Dust Breeding." The glass was varnished and went on to become part of "The Bride Stripped Bar ...more

Muybridge as Modernist Muse
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"Eadweard Muybridge understood that a single photograph was of little use when you are trying to understand the movement of an subject. Movement is inherently a function of moving through time and space. Muybridge's genius was that the even though a single photograph could only reveal a frozen momen ...more

A new look at Art and Play
By Caroline Armijo, Beyond Friendship Gate
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"But after trying to share my graduate work with could I possibly capture all of the art created by these six amazing artists: Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely (my personal favorite), Claes Oldenburg, Elizabeth Murray and Joseph Cornell...Well, thanks to the magi ...more

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him
By Artist Quote
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Man Ray "met Alfred Stieglitz in 1913, and through Stieglitz's Gallery 291, he became acquainted with many of the most innovative artists of the time, including the founder of the New York Dada movement, Marcel Duchamp. Man Ray and Duchamp remained close friends throughout their lives." ...more

Painter to Poet: Dorothea Tanning
By Andréa Fernandes , Mental_Floss Blog
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"In 1946, Tanning married Max Ernst in a double wedding with Man Ray and Juliet Browner. Their crowd also included Peggy Guggenheim (Ernst's third wife; Tanning was his fourth), Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Dylan Thomas, and Tru ...more

The Anti-Retina Of Duchamp
By withhiddennoise
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Posted in Video, Avant Garde by mbumba(Hat tip: Where The Pieces Fall) ...more

Book art by Marcel Duchamp…
By withhiddennoise
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"In his designs for bookbindings and jackets, Duchamp often made user of the continuity between front and back: in the chess book L'Opposition et les cases conjuguées sont reconciliées, 1932; in the designs for Hebdomeros and Ubu, executed by Mary Reynolds, 1935..." ...more

Never mind the Pollocks
By Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian (Hat tip :
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"One day Pollock, Duchamp and Guggenheim had a row over a canvas she had commissioned for the foyer of her East Side townhouse in New York. At 20ft wide, it proved too big for the allotted space. Duchamp proposed cutting eight inches off one end. Pollock disappeared to get drunk, wandering back late ...more

By Esthétique , Samedi
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Marcel Duchamp said, "Therefore I am inclined, after this examination of the past, to believe that the young artist of tomorrow will refuse to base his work as over-simplified as that of the 'representative or non-representative' dilemma. I am convinced that, like Alice in Wonderland, he will be led ...more

Reasons That We'll Always Have Paris
By Karen Rosenberg , New York Times
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"A young Calder arrived in Paris as a realist painter and illustrator; within seven years he had been transformed into a Surrealist sculptor whose playful 'drawings in space' were admired by Marcel Duchamp, among others. " Duchamp coined the term "mobile" for describing Calder's moving sculptures. ...more

ARTISTIC LICENSE: Duchamp's 'Bottle Rack' revisited
By Mark Webber ,
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"Duchamp purchased a common bottle-drying rack sometime in 1914 and brought it to his studio. Two years later, while traveling, he wrote to his sister and asked her to paint an inscription on the bottle rack because he had decided that it was sculpture 'readymade.' Unfortunately, she had already thr ...more

Epitaph, Poetry by Robert Desnos
By DaniellaPirani, Poetry Visualized
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" In 1922 he published his first book, a collection of surrealistic aphorisms, with the title Rrose Selavy (based upon the name (pseudonym) of the popular French artist Marcel Duchamp)." ...more

Jump And Piss
By Nadim Julien Samman, Art India
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"On Oct 24th,1999, at London's Tate Gallery, the artists, JJ Xi (b.1962) and Cai Yuan (b.1956) stripped down to their underpants before jumping on top of Emin's bed and engaging in a pillow fight...Yet, this wasn't conservative iconoclasm. What was at stake in the performance, Two Artists Jump on ...more

Why more Dadaism?
By Charles Zigmund, Artdoxa
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"For nearly fifty years, since Pop Art began and dethroned the "high art" seriousness of Abstract Expressionism as a manifestation of elitism, the inheritance of Dadaism has ruled the art world. This philosophy, promulgated first 100 years ago by Marcel Duchamp and his colleagues, declares that art ...more

Duchamp's urinal and Tracey Emin's Bed
By Paul Dalgarno , Sunday Herald
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JJ Xi & Cai Yuan . Two Artists jump on Tracy Emin's Bed. Performance at Tate Britain, London, 1999 Image source "WHEN CHINESE performance artists Yuan Chai and Jian Jun Xi tried to urinate in a replica of Marcel Duchamp's famous latrine in the Tate Modern in 2000, their behaviour showed a dist ...more

View A Nous La Liberte
By emailoptinlist89rhe
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"A Nous La Liberte - Criterion Collection was an incredible movie! Both Jean Brlin and Inge Frss were amazing! The great cast includes Jean Brlin, Inge Frss, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray...One of the all-time great comedy classics, Ren Clair's Nous la Libert is a skillful satire of the i ...more

le duchamp (2008) by Rafael Rozendaal
By Cici Moss
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"Brand new work by artist Rafael Rozendaal. Be sure to also check out Rozendaal's JELLOTIME.COM, which was a Rhizome Commission in 2008." ...more

Duchamp's mystery
By Prisc , thisOtherEden
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" He is famous. No doubt about it. He led the artists of his time to one of the greatest revolutions of all. He changed the whole idea of art, of what it is. And yet, was he actually laughing at his private joke? Laughing at those who followed him, believing they were following a new belief. Laughin ...more

The art factory and the death of the connoisseur
By Richard Feigen , The Art Newspaper
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"In Duchamp's day the 'art world' was tiny and the initiates were ready for a breakthrough­for new ideas and new media, for 'dada'­and the big money wasn't there. Once we accept that the artist's hand is no longer necessary, only his idea, it's a short leap to market the concept that beauty ...more

Agreement between Proa and MAM-SP for Duchamp in Latin America
By Curator, Elena Filipovic
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MAM – MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA DE SÃO PAULO: 15 July - 21 September, 2008 FUNDACION PROA: November 19, 2008 - February, 2009 "Two years after an intensive investigation and production, Fundación Proa today shares with the MAM-SP the success obtained from the critics and ...more

Duchamp's 3 Stoppages Étalon
By Dingo on Raggit
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"Many of the stories he tells just don't line up," Shearer says. Consider Three Standard Stoppages, in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, a key early work. Toward the end of 1913, Duchamp said, in his Paris studio, he cut three lengths of thread, each just under one meter long, dr ...more

Marcel Duchamp Lived Here That Long???
By Stacy Horn
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"I looked up the address when I got home and freaking Marcel Duchamp lived there from 1942 until he died in 1968. How can that be? We had him that long, and so close (to where I live I mean)?? I had no idea. According to Wikipedia he died in France though, but did live in a Greenwich Village st ...more

Yes, Duchamp's piece was a pivotal moment
By Wrinkled Weasel
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A while back, Roger Scruton, the philosopher and writer, wrote this piece on his very occasional blog: The literature of this industry is as empty as the neverending imitations of Duchamp's gesture. Nevertheless, it has left a residue of skepticism. If anything can count as art, then art ceases to h ...more

The Unholy Trinity
By Soma in Kinderland
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"Do you know Rrose Sélavy? No? Humm… Eros, c'est la vie… arroser la vie…Rrose, my dear, is a creation of three provocative artistic figures from 20th century's early years. Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia were good friends with the same sense of humour... ...more

John Cage playing chess with Joan La Barbara
By Uncertain Times
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"Actually, Cage hadn't lost every single match with Duchamp. There was one that he definitely won, after a fashion. It happened in Toronto, in 1968. Cage had invited Duchamp and Teeny to be with him on the stage. All they had to do was play chess as usual..." ...more

Duchamp said...
By Passionate Ornithology
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".. ' since a three-dimensional object casts a two-dimensional shadow, we should be able to imagine the unknown four-dimensional object whose shadow we are. I for my part am fascinated by the search for a one-dimensional object that casts no shadow at all.' by Octavio Paz" ...more

"Symbiotaxiplasm" = Duchamp's "infra-thin" ?
By Thivai Abhor
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"Symbiotaxiplasm is a term conceived by the social science philosopher Arthur Bentley (a contemporary of John Dewey, see Art As Experience) that describes an action of interconnectedness...Perhaps this is something similar to what Marcel Duchamp meant by the infrathin¡©a poetic term describing the i ...more

Military Avoidance: Marcel Duchamp and the 'Jura-Paris Road'
By Kieran Lyons, The Tate
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"In 1905, the year of this War Office Report on French military resources, Marcel Duchamp was drawn into the 'net' of military conscription that was intended to incorporate every able-bodied twenty-one year old Frenchman into the national effort. Duchamp complied somewhat unwillingly but nevert ...more

Marcel Duchamp Video Tribute-- Le Chaterie
By pinkup, iikki
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I have created a short video for the Vector Defenders (Vector Defenders) project, by OnClick studio (OnClick). It is a tribute to the Dada artist Marcel Duchamp's visual experiments, and music has been taken from the album Bailes Vespertinos. To be seen in Motion section at ...more

Art appreciator
By Agagooga, Balderdash
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"Since the days of Duchamp and warhol, art can be understood in two ways: Art is a way of doing things, art is a way of seeing things." ...more

DADA part two: Marcel Duchamp
By Angela, DLC Blog
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"Everyone who hates art, or what art has come to symbolize in 'modern society' today and in history can look to Marcel Duchamp. This of course, is a contradictory statement that Duchamp would not approve of. His questions and art-from his submission of a bicycle wheel as an art piece (which is ...more

#13 VERTIGO : Marcel Duchamp and Mark Titchner
By Mark Titchner, Chelsea Space
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" Featuring Marcel Duchamp's Rotoreliefs and Mark Titchner's Ur Text... Years later I first came across Marcel Duchamp's Rotoreliefs and of course the connection was made. This was the progenitor of my beloved gyrating friend whose commercial failure at alley F, Stand 147 of the 1935, ...more

Marcel Duchamp's Exhibition History
By ASRL editor
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Find out more about Marcel Duchamp's exhibition history on          ...more

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