Friday, April 10, 2009

R. Mutt

When Marcel Duchamp was asked by his brother to change the title of "Nu descendant un escalier n° 2" in order for it to be displayed, he put the canvas under his arm, and took a taxi home. When I studied art, I initially thought this was Picasso, a testament to its quality.

Although he was talented as a painter, and his siblings were classical artists, he didn't paint for much of his career.

It is rare for someone to be irreverent and not an ass. He has whimsy but not idiocy. Although he was a dadaist he was never overly involved in the political movement.

I respect anyone who can get away with making this art, just by declaring it so.The Emperor is perfectly attired in a nudist colony. The ready-mades are poignant commentary without a soapbox.

If you are interested, here is a translated radio interview with Duchamp.

This is a late edition to the post, but it was all I could think of while writing this.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome blog. Love the Bowie video on there.