Duchampian News & Views

  • How to find Duchamp in 2666

    "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 Calvin Tomkins writes: As a wedding present for his sister Suzanne and his close friend Jean Crotti, who were married in Paris on April 14, 1919, Duchamp instructed the couple by let.. read more...
  • “Too Close to Duchamp’s Bicycle”

    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 the Venice Biennale and the New School  in New York, and their work is thought provoking to say the least.  In one email interview, the duo discussed their mistrust of t.. read more...
  • The Maharaja Come to San Francisco

    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 part of an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco--“Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts”--among over 150 over pieces depicting the splendor .. read more...
  • PIcabia&#39s Work Exhibited Next to Pieces of Classical Antiquity

      French Dadaist Francis Picabia’s work will be displayed, and contextualized, in conjunction with pieces from classical antiquity as part of an exhibit at Getty Villa called Modern Antiquity: Picasso, de Chirico, Leger, Picabia in the Presence of the Antique.  The show hopes to investigate the scope of classical art in the contemporary landscape defined by the avant-garde creations of the above listed artists.  “Modernism,” according to the .. read more...
  • Lady Gaga’s Potty Art

    Of course, the next person to create their own version of Marcel Duchamp's hundred year old Fountain (1917) for a publicity stunt is Lady Gaga. The infamous pop star, or self-titled "Fame Monster," she used Armitage Shanks, the title of her urinal sculpture, as an accessory at a photo shoot for Vogue Homme Japan with the iconic photographer Nick Knight. She signed in black scribble, "I'm not fucking Duchamp but I love pissing with you." Lady Gaga has since .. read more...
  • Karla Black: Turner Prize 2011 Nominee

    Scottish artist Karla Black’s work, exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and nominated for the illustrious Turner Prize this year, is sensitive to a tradition of performance much in the way Marcel Duchamp’s was.  Her audience is welcomed to experience her usually sprawling organic structures as physical commodities, material and commercial monuments.  We can’t help but note their use of space, and how much they take up. Her materials, or perhaps “.. read more...
  • We’re Moving into the Arensbergs’

    Hot off the real estate catalog press: Hannah and Walter Arensberg’s Upper West Side apartment, where Duchamp stayed in the summer of 1915, is for sale.  marcelduchamp.net is currently looking to purchase the home that saw the birth of New York Dada at the affordable price of 4.75 million dollars.

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

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  • What’s Duchamp Doing in Starbucks Anyway?

    There are many artists, designers, and writers among others that are inspired or incited by Duchamp's work.  Richard Kegler is one of them.  In 1994, Kegler created the Duchamp typeface by scanning in samples of Duchamp's writing from Large Glass and distributed them on floppy disks to interested customers in museum shops. The idea to create a "readymade" type came to Kegler in graduate school when he was working on an art installation and decided to proj.. read more...
  • From Cage’s James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Erik Satie: An Alphabet

    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 in the meantime, while we are eagerly anticipating the opening, we’d like to offer you a snippet from describing a dictionary based on photography.  Cage quotes from Duch.. read more...
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