Duchampian News & Views

  • John Morse and the Practical Art

    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. Conversely, certain art objects are embedded so deeply into everyday experience that we forget them, and the allure of their design disintegrates in the face of their use-value. The.. read more...
  • Who Says a Sandwich Can’t Be Art?

    Of all the news posts you could have expected to see here at marcelduchamp.net, 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 officially been decreed the cheapest sandwich in Great Britain by a team of scientists (according to NPR). It should go without saying that these scientists are not without sense.. read more...
  • An Artist Meets a Composer at a Party…

    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."

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  • Huang Yong Ping and Xiamen Dada

    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 the island city of Xiamen. Huang Yong Ping and his friends felt an immediate kinship with the past movement and decided to integrate a number of Dadaist principles, in addition to .. read more...
  • Huang Yong Ping and Xiamen Dada

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  • John Cage’s music for Marcel Duchamp

    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 link below. The unpredictable structure and radical selection of tones definitely echo Duchamp's sensibilities, have a listen and determine for yourself whether or not Cage's piec.. read more...
  • The Perfect Punch Line…

      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 every piece on display.  And, others of us might prefer to silently ghost about the gallery floor, gliding from one room into another, never stopping for more than a few crucial.. read more...
  • Read About Posthastism Post-Haste!

      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 poetry possibly do to strengthen networks of people involved in the ongoing complexity of getting someone to give a shit about any of this? Well, for one, Even Slower Poetry values c.. read more...
  • "Air Art –Marcel Duchamp" by Peter Duggan



    This week's Guardian Artoon by Peter Duggan features Marcel Duchamp in the punchline.


    We give it five stars here at marcelduchamp.net.

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