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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

11. Marcel Duchamp (Alias Rose Selavy)

11. Marcel Duchamp (Alias Rose Selavy)

"'Duchamp and New York' - It came as a great surprise to Marcel Duchamp that in New York, when he arrived here for the first time, in 1915, he was considered a famous person. He did not fully comprehend the American reaction to his 'Nude Descending a Staircase.'" -The New Yorker Magazine
Marcel Duchamp, the most celebrated artist from the Armory Show of 1913, migrated to New York City in 1915. As he incorporated American culture into his vocabulary, Duchamp pushed the boundaries of acceptable art. His fascination with industrial design and the machine aesthetic and his ability to be ironic and amusing while stating a truth created a new art form, which he termed "ready made" and "assisted ready made" art. Duchamp saw himself as a New York Dadaist in his loss of idealism and rejection of traditional concepts of art, and the experimental film, Entr'Acte, displays Dada elements. Written by Francis Picabia with music by Erik Satie, this short piece premiered in 1924 at an interval between the first and second acts of a ballet. Duchamp playfully participated in one portion of the film by playing chess. For Duchamp, art evolved into a mental act, becoming the first conceptual artist. His work has influenced generations of later artists, and he is now considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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