Duchampian News & Views

  • Alert: Duchamp CD Posted on Rhapsody.com

    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 Rhapsody.com. Of course, it's only free for a seven day trial, but we recommend you use those seven days those seven days up by listening to that one CD over and over again. You won't regret it. Click here for link: .. read more...
  • Looking in the Large Glass

    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 art that hangs on the intimate and familiarly museum-white walls. As of July 8th, Large Glass is displaying art, objects, and books by artists such as Alvar Aalto, Jeff McMillan,.. read more...
  • Gertrude Stein Autobiography Tops Time’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books List

      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 graced the Buy 2 Get 1 Free or Summer Reading aisles at Borders, several have been made into documentary films, and many authors have appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart o.. read more...
  • Harold Bloom vs. the Avant-Garde

     "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                                   .. read more...
  • Are Cliches…

    …just involuntary literary readymades?

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  • Daligramme Done by Lancel is at Galeries Lafayette

    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 for Salvador. In 1970 the French fashion company, Lancel, designed a handbag that featured Daligramme characters and a bicycle chain handle. ArtInfo reports that for three weeks.. read more...
  • Automatism B: It Was a Failsafe Mechanism for Spandex

    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 it. It was a tour-de-force that made no sense at all. Somewhere in the deep store of images that structure a composite of the urban landscape, spandex researchers and bike-spoke eng.. read more...
  • A Neo-Duchampian Catchphrase

    "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)

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  • Donald Judd or Cheap Furniture?

    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 furniture. If you doubt this, take the quiz at reverent.org. The point is to guess whether a given image is a priceless Donald Judd sculpture or a piece of cheap furniture. I scor.. read more...
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