Notes on the Indefinable

October 18, 2006

Nude Descending into the History Books

Filed under: Art History, Critcism, Non / Conceptual Art, Painting — Luke @ 12:37 pm

duchamp_-_nude_descending_a_staircase.jpgMy final project is to take a look at works of art we now regard as seminal and explore the critical reaction of the time. Often it was negative, sometimes not … my hope is to get a better understanding about evolving definitions of art (my own included).

I’ll be gathering bits from ’round the Internet and posting them here (in addition to looking at actual books made of paper, ink, glue and all that other weird stuff).

According to Wikipedia:

Duchamp first submitted the work (Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2) to appear in a Cubist show at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris, but jurist Albert Gleizes asked Duchamp’s brothers, Jacques Villon and Raymond Duchamp-Villon, to have him voluntarily withdraw the painting, or paint over the title that he had painted on the work and rename it something else.

Of the incident Duchamp recalled,

“I said nothing to my brothers. But I went immediately to the show and took my painting home in a taxi. It was really a turning point in my life, I can assure you. I saw that I would not be very much interested in groups after that.”


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