Duchamp and the Narrative.
This lecture is last of the three that explore different types of narrative
in 20th century image making; the generations of American narrative
painting; the case study of Philip Guston and now Marcel Duchamp.
We'll look at his attempts to create a
new type of storytelling, of creating sequences of two dimensions that
imply further levels of reality in a way that echoes the cabalistic
and hermetic thought of the medieval and early Renaissance period, touched
on in an early lecture. We'll look at the meaning, supposed and intended
of two works,
1. The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (La
Mariee mise a nue par ses Celibataires, meme); 1915-1923, lead wire,
oil and foil, 107" x 67", Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2. Given: 1st. The Waterfall, and 2nd , The Illuminating Gas
(Etant donnees: 1.La Chute d'Eau 2. Le Gaz d'Eclairage)1946-1966, mixed
media assemblage, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both works examine the
nature of sexuality, the relationship bewteen science and life, the
narrative flow of events, the mythic possibilities of narrative, while
developing ways of making marks and structures that transcends the conventional
repertoire of art.
1. The Large Glass;
The Bachelors' Domain
The Bachelor Apparatus - The Nine Malic Moulds;
Region of the Waterfall;
Sieves or Parasols;
Region of the Butterfly Pump;
Toboggan or Cork Screw;
Region of the Three Crashes;
Weight with nine holes;
Region of the Sculpture of Drops;
Region of the Wilson Lincoln Effect.
The Bride's Domain.
The Bride, Pendu Femelle;
Region of the Gilled cooler;
Region of the cast shadows;
Region of the mirror images of sculpture of drops;
Juggler of Gravity.
2. Given; The Nude, the wall,
the landscape, trees and waterfall, lighting, the Gas Light .
A suggested source in a Michelangelo drawing
3. FOUNTAIN AND THE READYMADE from the sale of Contemporary Arts New York, 1999 essay by Francis Naumann
3. THE BOXES
born 1887, died 1968.
1908, from Rouen to Neuilly.
1910, Meets Picabia.
1912, Nude Descending , visits Munich. Works as a Librarian, Biblioteque
1913, Armory Show NY, Nude descending
scandal. First work on glass. 1915, arrives in NY, next year produces
1918 Buenos Aires.
1923 abandons Large Glass , broken and
restored 1936. 1944 first sketch for Given
1966 London retrospective.
Pierre Cabanne, Dialogues with
Duchamp ,Thames & Hudson London 1971
Joseph Masbeck, Marcel Duchamp in Perspective ,Prentice
Hall, New Jersey, 1975
John Golding, The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even
, Penguin Press, London, 1973
R.Hamilton and others, The almost complete works of Marcel
Duchamp ,Tate, London, 1966
A.Schwarz, The Complete Works of MD , Thames &
Hudson, London 1969
A.Oliva, Vita de Marcel Duchamp , Marani, Rome 1976