Essay on Duchamp, The Crossover Figure Of The Triad
970 Words Dec 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Nothing is simple with Duchamp. However, it is safe to say the break between him and the previous two artists came with Readymades. Readymades are everyday objects which attracted or repulsed Duchamp, which he took as art. Readymades are at the same time sober and playful. As a movement, it critiques romantic notions of art. Duchamp made sure most pieces had esoteric wittiness to them. The ironic moves and countermoves know no base. Duchamp even claimed when he arrived in New York he did nothing new. He "found" the Readymade movement was already there. He just curated in its name. Here are the essential elements of viewing a Readymade. Understand the in-joke(s), then the critique(s), and recognise everyday objects as art.
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