Marcel Duchamp in Perspective

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Best known for cheeky conceptual works—like his signed urinals ("R. Mutt") and his graffitioed Mona Lisa—Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) was also an extraordinary painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase) who changed the language of twentieth-century art and reigns with Picasso and Matisse as one of its greatest influences. Joseph Masheck has compiled a sampler of the best writing on Duchamp, with pieces that include Duchamp's obituary from Artforum, written by Jasper Johns; Octavio Paz on the ready-mades; a ...

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Overview

Best known for cheeky conceptual works—like his signed urinals ("R. Mutt") and his graffitioed Mona Lisa—Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) was also an extraordinary painter and sculptor (Nude Descending a Staircase) who changed the language of twentieth-century art and reigns with Picasso and Matisse as one of its greatest influences. Joseph Masheck has compiled a sampler of the best writing on Duchamp, with pieces that include Duchamp's obituary from Artforum, written by Jasper Johns; Octavio Paz on the ready-mades; a Duchamp post-mortem by Hans Richter; Donald Judd's investigation of Rrose Sélavy; a "Counter-Avant-Garde" by Clement Greenberg; a consideration by Guillaume Apollinaire; and John Cage's "26 Statements on Marcel Duchamp." Illustrated with photographs of Duchamp's seminal pieces, and updated with a substantial preface that offers new scholarship as well as a fascinating consideration of why Duchamp's popularity has exponentially increased since this book first appeared, this is an essential volume for the Duchamp devotee.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810572
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2002
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Masheck has served as editor-in-chief of Artforum, contributing editor of Art in America, and as a professor of art history at Barnard, Harvard, and Hofstra. An artist himself, and the author of many books (among them Van Gogh 100, Building-Art, and Modernities), he lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the Da Capo Edition
Chance Is zee Fool's Name for Fait 1
Duchamp 25
Marcel Duchamp and the Futurists 27
Marcel Duchamp, Anti-Artist 30
Reflexions on Marcel Duchamp 41
Marcel Duchamp and Emblematic Realism 53
26 Statements re Duchamp 67
Buddha of the Bathroom 70
In Advance of Whose Broken Arm? 73
Natural Art and Cultural Art: A Conversation with Claude Levi-Strauss 77
The Ready-Made 84
Dimension and Development in The Passage from the Virgin to the Bride 90
Duchamp's Glass, La mariee mise a nu par ses celibataires, meme 107
The Green Box 110
The New Piece 112
J'Accuse Marcel Duchamp 115
Marcel Duchamp and/or Rrose Selavy 121
Counter-Avant-Garde 122
Robert Smithson on Duchamp, an Interview 134
Johns and Duchamp 138
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) 147
In Memory of Marcel Duchamp 148
John Cage on Marcel Duchamp: An Interview 151
Theater of the Conceptual: Autobiography and Myth 162
Chronology 173
Notes on the Contributors 177
Selected Bibliography 179
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