• The Bachelors: Pawns in Duchamp’s Great Game

    • Bailey, Bradley    12/01/00

    Many metaphors borrowed from chess have taken their place in the vocabulary of everyday life…. Perhaps the commonest in modern usage is to represent diplomatists, politicians or anybody who is pursuing a large plan without revealing his ultimate intentions, as engaged in a game in which the Pawns are the innocent tools with which the plan is carr

  • Jarry, Joyce, Duchamp and Cage

    • Anastasi, William    05/01/00

    The following essay is appearing for the first time in English. An Italian version appeared in the Catalogue for the 1993 Venice Biennale. The three-part fragmented format was due to my underestimating or misconstruing the publisher's desires regarding length. A little way into Part II of Goethe's Faust, a short, cacophonous scene transpires in

  • The Substantial Ghost: Towards a General Exegesis of Duchamp’s Artful Wordplays

    • Gould, Stephen Jay    05/01/00

    I. Introduction: The Depth of Trifles and the Status of Puns The Duchampian pun that covered each piece of candy at the opening of Bill Copley's 1953 Parisian show might, in its richness and ambiguity of meaning, suggest Churchill's famous description of Soviet Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." (1) Ducha

  • Sending and Receiving

    • Yang, Shin-Yi    05/01/00

    click to enlarge "Send Me a Kiss by Wireless", QST, May 1922, p. 54 (photo: Underwood & Underwood) This picture was reproduced in many newspapers across the country during the radio boom. The male radio amateurs reacted with new proposals for captations, like "See the Shaft - on the Variometer" Everything that we call electronic mass media

  • Duchamp’s Financial Documents: Exchange as a Source of Value

    • Yang, Shin-Yi    05/01/00

    Introduction "You know, I like signing all those things - it devalues them," Duchamp confided to Richard Hamilton at the Pasadena Art Museum. (Tomkins 1965, p. 68.) A retrospective of his work had just opened (1963) and without reluctance Duchamp spent the morning signing papers, posters and other objects. His fame in America was greater than ever,

  • The Unfindable Readymade

    • Obalk, Hector    05/01/00

    The following is part of a lecture, directly written in English, that was first given at the Conference of The College Art Association, Boston, MA, February 21-24, 1996. The lecture was presented in a session directed by Francis M. Naumann called "Marcel Duchamp and the Ready-made: From Origin to Consequence." The author is begging indulgence to th

  • Becoming Duchamp

    • Lotringer, Sylvère    05/01/00

    [An earlier version of this article was first published in German as "Duchamp Werden," in: CROSSINGS: Kunst zum Hören und Sehen, Vienna: Kunsthalle, 1998 (exh. cat.), p 55-61] "They did not speak. They did not sing, they remained, all of them, silent, almost determinedly silent; but from the empty air they conjured music. Everything was music..."

  • Pour un portrait de Marcel Duchamp: “disent les dédicaces” [French]

    • Gervais, André    12/01/99

    Il est impossible actuellement de rassembler dans son intégralité, voire de reconstituer dans son intégrité, la bibliothèque de Marcel Duchamp. Et peut-être en sera-t-il à jamais ainsi, l'homme ayant habité longtemps dans de petits appartements ou à l'hôtel, et s'étant aussi beaucoup déplacé sur deux continents. Cette précarité n'a c

  • For a Portrait of Marcel Duchamp:
    "The Dedications Speak"

    • Gervais, André    12/01/99

    click to enlarge It is currently impossible to gather in its entirety, indeed to reconstitute in its integrity, Marcel Duchamp's book collection. And maybe this will forever be the case, given that the man lived in small apartments or hotels for long periods of time, and that he moved a lot between two continents. Certainly, this precari

  • LE GRAND VERRE: Visite Guidée [French]

    • Suquet, Jean    12/01/99

    Un Chapeau Jean Suquet, né à Cahors (Lot, dans le midi de la France) le 22 juin 1928, fréquente à Paris le groupe surréaliste depuis 1948. Un jour du printemps 1949, il est invité par André Breton à lui faire lire quelques pages de ses écrits. Soupçonnant une parenté entre ceux-ci et Le Grand Verre de Duchamp, Breton, à qui on a

  • "From the Splash to the Flash, with the best wishes of Le Soigneur de Gravité,"
    The Large Glass: A Guided Tour

    • Suquet, Jean    12/01/99

    Jean Suquet, born in Cahors (Lot, in the South of France) on 22 June Introductory Remarks Jean Suquet, born in Cahors (Lot, in the South of France) on 22 June 1928, has been close to the Surrealist group since 1948. One day during the spring of 1949, André Breton invited Suquet to show him some of his writings. Suspecting a relationship be