9781861890276

Duchamp : Love and Death, Even

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    9781861890276

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    1861890273

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

Marcel Duchamp's stature in the history of art has grown steadily since the 1950s, as several artistic movements have embraced him as their founding father. But although his influence is comparable only to Picasso's, Duchamp continues to be relatively unknown outside his narrow circle of followers. This book seeks to explain his oeuvre, which has been shrouded with mystery.Duchamp's two great preoccupations were the nature of scientific truth and a feeling for love with its natural limit, death. His works all speak of eroticism in a way that pushes the socially acceptable to its outer limits. Juan Antonio Ramirez addresses such questions as the meaning of the artist's ground-breaking ready-mades and his famous installation Etant donneacute;s; his passionate essay reproduces all of Duchamp's important works, in addition to numerous previously unpublished visual sources. Duchamp: Love and Death, even is a seminal monograph for understanding this crucial figure of modern art.

Author Biography

Juan Antonio Ramfrez is Professor of History of Art at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, and the author of several books on art, architecture and film.

Table of Contents

Also 9(8)
Preface to the English Edition 17(2)
1. DEVISING THE READY -- MADES
19(48)
The Rupture
21(5)
The Meaning of the Ready-mades
26(5)
The Bicycle Wheel
31(4)
Tinned Chance
35(2)
The Bottle Rack and the Snow Shovel
37(2)
The Comb and Things about Hair
39(2)
Apolinere Enameled (1916-17)
41(2)
Pliant...de voyage and Trebuchet
43(1)
The `Suspended' Ready-mades
44(2)
L.H.O.O.Q.
46(5)
Belle Haleine
51(1)
The Fountain Affair
52(7)
Why Not Sneeze...?
59(3)
Tu m'
62(5)
2. `PRECISION PAINTING...' (THE MECHANISMS OF BACHELORS)
67(54)
The Large Glass: Preliminary Questions
69(6)
A `Futurist' Contraption
75(3)
The `Solipsistic Machine' and the `Conjunctive Apparatus'
78(4)
The Glider and the Waterfall Wheel
82(5)
The Chocolate Grinder
87(4)
The Scissors and Buridan's Donkey
91(2)
The Malic Moulds
93(8)
The Capillary Tubes
101(1)
The Sieves
102(5)
The Butter Churn and the Fan
107(1)
The Helter-Skelter and Other Chemico-Mechanical Devices
108(4)
Optical Transformation
112(5)
The Boxing Match
117(4)
3. `...AND THE BEAUTY OF INDIFFERENCE' (THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE)
121(52)
The Artificial Woman
123(3)
The Splash's Shadow and the Gravity Regulator
126(4)
The Cannon Shots
130(1)
The Milky Way and the Draught Pistons
131(3)
The Standard Shaft
134(2)
The Wasp (Sex-Cylinder)
136(2)
Evolution of the Female Pendant
138(1)
The Pulse-Needle and the Weather-Vane
139(2)
The Bride, Feminine Insect
141(3)
The Large Glass as the Graveyard of Ideas
144(1)
Towards a Psychoanalysis of the Machine
145(2)
A Boiler, a Motor, Agricultural Machinery
147(3)
Chemical Apparatus
150(1)
Electricity and the Telegraph
151(5)
Optical Metaphors
156(1)
Love and the Fourth Dimension
157(2)
Anatomical Dissection and X-Rays
159(2)
Musical Machine
161(1)
Post-Cubist, Dadaist and Surrealist Stages of the Large Glass
162(4)
The Breaking and Repairing of the Large Glass
166(4)
The Surrealist Moment (Objective Chance)
170(3)
4. IN THE ORBIT OF ETANT DONNES
173(24)
Works with Optical Gadgets
175(6)
Windows and Doors
181(4)
The Boxes
185(6)
Rrose Selavy
191(1)
The Infrafine and Virtuality
192(3)
Existential Minimalism (Living on Credit)
195(2)
5. `GIVEN, IN THE DARKNESS...' (LOVE AND DEATH)
197(52)
The Three Spheres of Etant donnes
199(3)
The Door and the Brick Wall
202(4)
The Landscape and the Table
206(2)
The Sacrificial Dummy
208(2)
Electrical Installation and `Objects' for the Assembly
210(1)
The Gas-Lamp and Pharmacie
211(2)
Three Bas-Reliefs
213(1)
Selected Fragments
214(2)
Nudes in a Landscape
216(1)
Anatomical Theatre
217(1)
Nineteenth-Century Examples
218(2)
Precedents of the Avant-Garde
220(4)
About the Optical Device
224(4)
More Considerations about the Door, the Landscape, the Waterfall
228(6)
...and about the Mutilated Woman
234(4)
The Cunt...
238(2)
...Shaven
240(5)
Love, the Signature and Posterity
245(2)
Instant Repose and an Invitation to the `Creative Act'
247(2)
6. APPENDIX: EARLY DUCHAMP IN 9 REPRESENTATIVE WORKS
249(12)
Select Bibliography (69 Books) 261(4)
References 265(22)
Index of Works by Duchamp 287(2)
Index of Proper Names 289(4)
Photographic Acknowledgements 293

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