June 27 – September 28, 2003
Malloy Wing Galleries
remains arguably the most important voice in visual art of the last century.
His influence is expansive across artists in a variety of disciplines, including
makers and thinkers alike. His ideas about what art can be, and how art
in the world continue to be revolutionary and hotly debated. This exhibition
takes part of its inspiration from Duchamp’s ground-breaking installation
designs for the International Exposition of Surrealism at the Galerie Beaux
Arts, Paris in 1938 and First Papers of Surrealism at the Whitelaw Reid
Mansion, New York in 1942, both of which saw the artist - as curator - radically
changing the exhibition environment. This project, including its own inventive
installation will offer a creative take on the artist’s specific influences
on generations of artists whose artwork builds on Duchamp’s ideas.
|Elevage de Poussiere
(Dust Breeding), 1920
Photograph by Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp,
2 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.
On extended loan to the Tang Teaching Museum from a private collection
© 2003 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Estate of Marcel Duchamp
reveled in wordplay and resisted definition. Throughout his career, giving
up one manner of working in favor of another. Among his many revolutionary
positions, he was the first to take an object from its everyday use and
transform it into an artwork solely by changing its context. These became
known as readymades and within this exhibition the notion of the readymade
in all its varieties will be addressed and categorized. Different terms
such as assisted readymade, appropriation, imitated rectified readymade,
rectified readymade, semi-readymade, replica, and assemblage will all
be “defined” in an effort to cite different lineages of Duchamp’s
artistic heirs. Works by these artists will be shown alongside an impressive
selection of original works by Duchamp.
is often seen as contradictory to Duchamp’s notion of artmaking.
To confound this assumption, many of the artists included in this exhibition
make painstakingly crafted copies of everyday objects and other artwork.
These artists will be represented by several examples each of their “handmade
readymades” including paintings, sculpture, photographs, prints,
and in one case an interactive store where viewers can purchase works
in the gallery via catalogue order. In addition to the notion of the handmade
many of these works show these artists to be engaged in clever wordplay
and surreal combinations of mundane objects towards thought-provoking
ends. Groups of works by appropriation artists Richard Pettibone and Elaine
Sturtevant will be on view, as well as artwork from the 1980s by Sherrie
Levine, Hans Peter Feldmann, Fischli and Weiss, Nayland Blake, Robert
Gober, Rosemarie Trockel, Jeff Koons, Jana Sterbak, and Allan McCollum.
Works from the 1990’s will include artists such as Jonathan Seliger,
George Stoll, Haim Steinbach, Jonathan Santlofer, Stephen Dean, Josiah
McIlheney, Matthew Antezzo, Conrad Bakker, Dan Fischer, and others.
by Ian Berry, Curator at the Tang Museum with Gretchen Wagner, Curatorial
Assistant at the Tang.