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Duchamp: Domestic Patterns, Covers, and Threads

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ISBN-13: 978-1877675409
ISBN-10: 1877675407
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An exciting work of detection unlocking Duchamp's mysterious Munich stay..., one that entwines the industrial with the erotic. -- Barbara Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago (Back of book)

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The book provides that rare experience of an ah-ha revelation about a world-famous artist you thought you knew all about. Surely no other artist has gripped the public’s imagination with his outrageous works that at first elicited the remark, "But is it art?" "Yes!" confirmed the critical world.

The Author lays out how a traditional artist working with paint and canvas was so intensely influenced by the manufactured goods he observed at a 1912 Munich Trade Show that he abandoned making painted images and from thereon focused on creating works from already manufactured items. From this came his break-through style which came to be known as "Readymades." The artist introduced a new aesthetic; shocking the art world at first, but now revered as great art.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Midmarch Arts Pr (February 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877675407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877675409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,013,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine Keller on July 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Is Bowdoin Davis intentionally seditious when he writes that Duchamp, "the perceived destroyer" of artistic conventions integrated art historical traditions within his work? This book allows the reader--even one not schooled in 20th-century art history--to access levels of meaning in Duchamp's significant works. While explaining the impact of the artist's visit to a 1912 Munich exhibition of machinery and machine-produced artifacts, Davis connects imagery, language, and technology in surprising ways. The impact of this book goes beyond its immediate subject matter, because the author pricks the reader's preconceived notions of Surrealism and pieces together new ways of seeing art. Beautifully illustrated with a wealth of photographs, this volume is as transformative as its subject.
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