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Origin[ edit ] Eljer Co. Sculpture lost or destroyed [16] According to one version, the creation of Fountain began when, accompanied by artist Joseph Stella and art collector Walter Arensberg , Duchamp purchased a standard Bedfordshire model urinal from the J.

Mott Iron Works , Fifth Avenue. The artist brought the urinal to his studio at 33 West 67th Street, reoriented it 90 degrees [2] [3] from its originally intended position of use, [17] [4] [18] and wrote on it, "R. Mutt ". But Mott was too close so I altered it to Mutt, after the daily cartoon strip "Mutt and Jeff" which appeared at the time, and with which everyone was familiar.

Thus, from the start, there was an interplay of Mutt: a fat little funny man, and Jeff: a tall thin man I wanted any old name. And I added Richard [French slang for money-bags]. Get it? The opposite of poverty. But not even that much, just R.

After much debate by the board members most of whom did not know Duchamp had submitted it about whether the piece was or was not art, Fountain was hidden from view during the show. It was simply suppressed. No one dared mention it. I had a falling out with them, and retired from the organization. After the exhibition, we found the "Fountain" again, behind a partition, and I retrieved it!

He took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view — created a new thought for that object.

It has an oriental look about it—a cross between a Buddha and a Veiled Woman. Mutt responded, according to Apollinaire, that the work was not immoral since similar pieces could be seen every day exposed in plumbing and bath supply stores. Mutt pointed out that the fact Fountain was not made by the hand of the artist was unimportant. The importance was in the choice made by the artist. An article was published in Boston on 25 April A Philadelphian, Richard Mutt, member of the society, and not related to our friend of the "Mutt and Jeff" cartoons, submitted a bathroom fixture as a "work of art.

Other directors maintained that it was indecent at a meeting and the majority voted it down. As a result of this Marcel Duchamp retired from the Board. Mutt now wants more than his dues returned. He wants damages. The edition of eight was manufactured from glazed earthenware painted to resemble the original porcelain, with a signature reproduced in black paint.

The artwork is not a special object—it was mass-produced in a factory. The experience of art is not exciting and ennobling—at best it is puzzling and mostly leaves one with a sense of distaste.

But over and above that, Duchamp did not select just any ready-made object to display. In selecting the urinal, his message was clear: Art is something you piss on. Mutt", are difficult to pin down precisely. Mutt could also be a play on its commercial origins or on the famous comic strip of the time, Mutt and Jeff making the urinal perhaps the first work of art based on a comic.

The choice of a urinal, according to Duchamp, "sprang from the idea of making an experiment concerned with taste: choose the object which has the least chance of being liked. A urinal-very few people think there is anything wonderful about a urinal. By virtue of placing a urinal on a pedestal in an art exhibition, the illusion of an artwork was created. The illustration appeared as a photographic negative.

Later, Duchamp made a positive version, titled Mirrorical Return Renvoi miroirique; Dalia Judovitz writes: Structured as an emblem, the visual and linguistic elements set up a punning interplay that helps us to explore further the mechanisms that Fountain actively stages.

On the one hand, there is the mirror-effect of the drawing and the etching, which although they are almost identical visually, involve an active switch from one artistic medium to the other.

On the other hand, there is the internal mirrorical return of the image itself, since this urinal, like the one in , has been rotated ninety degrees. This internal rotation disqualifies the object from its common use as a receptacle, and reactivates its poetic potential as a fountain; that is, as a machine for waterworks. The "splash" generated by Fountain is thus tied to its "mirrorical return," like the faucet in the title.

The readymades provide a way around inflexible either-or aesthetic propositions. They represent a Copernican shift in art. Fountain brings us into contact with an original that is still an original but that also exists in an altered philosophical and metaphysical state.

It is a manifestation of the Kantian sublime: A work of art that transcends a form but that is also intelligible, an object that strikes down an idea while allowing it to spring up stronger. Several performance artists have attempted to "contribute" to the piece by urinating in it.

South African born artist Kendell Geers rose to international notoriety in when, at a show in Venice, he urinated into Fountain. He admitted that it was only a technical triumph because he needed to urinate in a tube in advance so he could convey the fluid through a gap between the protective glass. However, they were prevented from soiling the sculpture directly by its Perspex case. The Tate, which denied that the duo had succeeded in urinating into the sculpture itself, [50] banned them from the premises stating that they were threatening "works of art and our staff.

He chooses what is art. We just added to it. The hammer he used during the assault on the artwork caused a slight chip. When I discovered the ready-mades I sought to discourage aesthetics. In Neo-Dada they have taken my readymades and found aesthetic beauty in them, I threw the bottle-rack and the urinal into their faces as a challenge and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty.

Richter had sent Duchamp this paragraph for comment, writing: "You threw the bottle rack and the urinal into their face…," etc. What interests you is the concept that wants to put 50 Campbell soup cans on a canvas.

The price set a world record, at the time, for a work by Marcel Duchamp at public auction.


Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins now available

It was a dictionary of Surrealism with an introduction by the French art critic and artistic director of the gallery, Raymond Congniat, along with cover artwork by Yves Tanguy and an illustrated section which was quite extensive for the time and which summed up the proof of origin of the complete surrealistic artwork. Using objects and items from nature and civilization, the room itself was "transformed into a gloomy-absurd ambience: less exhibition room than cave and womb. Evening dress was required and all manner of highlights had been promised: hysteria, a sky full of flying dogs and the presence of Enigmarelle , an humanoid automaton , a descendant of Frankenstein. The gallery was opened on January 24, , with a Jean Cocteau exhibition. She jumped out of pillows lying on the floor with chains wrapped around her naked body. The old automobile was covered with ivy inside and out, and a female dummy with dishevelled hair and dressed in an evening gown sat between some heads of lettuce and chicory in the back of the car.


The World of Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968

Jahrhunderts bietet. Gaston arbeitete unter dem Namen Jacques Villon. Um die Jahrhundertwende waren die von ihm geschaffenen Reklametafeln in ganz Paris zu sehen. In Paris besuchte er eine private Kunstakademie. Beide versuchten, mit humoristischen Illustrationen ihr Geld zu verdienen, was ihnen erstmals nach zwei Jahren gelang. Die Kritik nahm keine Notiz davon. Duchamp versuchte sich bis im Impressionismus, Postimpressionismus, Fauvismus und Symbolismus.


Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme

Casual yet insightful, Duchamp reveals himself as a man and an artist whose playful principles toward living freed him to make art that was as unpredictable, complex, and surprising as life itself. Duchamp mused on everything from paying taxes to his feelings about art dealers and younger generations of artists like Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. But they have never been edited and made public until now. The Afternoon Interviews, which includes an introductory interview with Tomkins reflecting on Duchamp as an artist, guide and friend, reintroduces the reader to key ideas of his artistic world and renews Duchamp as a vital model for a new generation of artists.


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Origin[ edit ] Eljer Co. Sculpture lost or destroyed [16] According to one version, the creation of Fountain began when, accompanied by artist Joseph Stella and art collector Walter Arensberg , Duchamp purchased a standard Bedfordshire model urinal from the J. Mott Iron Works , Fifth Avenue. The artist brought the urinal to his studio at 33 West 67th Street, reoriented it 90 degrees [2] [3] from its originally intended position of use, [17] [4] [18] and wrote on it, "R.

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