Absurdism, Art, Marcel Duchamp, Photography

What Marcel Duchamp taught me

An exhibition opened in London this weekend featuring fifty artists showing work under the title What Marcel Duchamp taught me.*

Marcel Duchamp was a chess player who also turned his hand to cigar smoking. As a young man, between 1913 and 1917, he invented conceptual art and is regarded as the most influential artist of the twentieth century. However if art was for him a diversion, chess was a lifelong preoccupation.
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Art, Books, Marcel Duchamp

Inside the tent, pissing in

Grayson Perry has just published his BBC Reith lectures on contemporary art as a book*.

In May 1961 an Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni, known for his ironic attitude towards the avant-garde, filled a tin with a deposit of his own faeces sealed it and wrote upon it the legend ‘Artist’s Shit’. He made 90 such tins in total and stipulated that they were to be sold for their weight in gold. One of the tins is currently in the Tate Modern collection and is described in their catalogue as made from “Tin can, printed paper and excrement”.
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