The Writings of Marcel Duchamp

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Da Capo Press, 1973 - Art - 196 pages
In the twenties, Surrealists proclaimed that words had stopped playing around and had begun to make love. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the writings of Marcel Duchamp, who fashioned some of the more joyous and ingenious couplings and uncouplings in modern art. This collection beings together two essential interviews and two statements about his art that underscore the serious side of Duchamp. But most of the book is made up of his experimental writings, which he called ”Texticles,” the long and extraordinary notes he wrote for The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Eben (also known as The Large Glass), and the outrageous puns and alter-ego he constructed for his female self, Rrose Sélavy (”Eros, c’est la vie” or “arouser la vie”—“drink it up”; “celebrate life”). Wacky, perverse, deliberately frustrating, these entertaining notes are basic for understanding one of the twentieth century’s most provocative artists, a figure whose influence on the contemporary scene has never been stronger.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
A LITERARY CHRONOLOGY
12
Box
22
Copyright

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Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was, with Picasso, the most important artist of the 20th century. Father of conceptual art, he was also a bemused participant in the Dada and Surrealist movecments, and--via the infamous display of his 1912 "Nude Descending a Staircase" at the Armory Show in New York--the instigator of modernism in America.

Michel Sanouillet is a French art historian and one of the lMichel Sanouillet is a French art historian and one of the leading scholars of the Dada movement. He is Dean Emeritus ofeading scholars of the Dada movement. He is Dean Emeritus of the University of Nice, Professor Emeritus at the Universit the University of Nice, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and founder and first president of the Internay of Toronto, and founder and first president of the International Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism. tional Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism.

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