Sunday, 5 October 2008

readymades...



Fountain by Marcel Duchamp 1917


In the sequence of the artist Jesse Mendez’s from The Art of Jesse, comment in my post “head beast...” that called for some of my knowledge, I would like to come out with an Art side, the found art or readymade.
The concept of readymade (any object purchased "as a sculpture already made) was coined by Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968), who wanted to test the limits of what qualifies as a work of art, meaning an object manufactured for some other purpose, presented by an artist as a work of art.
The thought of distinguishing ordinary stuff in this approach was initially a scandalous defy to the accepted difference between what was measured art as contrasting to not art. Though it is now commonly established in the art world as a possible exercise, it continues to provoke media and public opposition.
Marcel Duchamp (whom you might know as the guy who put the urinal in a gallery) has created a revolution in saying that everything is art and everything is possible with the readymade.
Duchamp wanted to state that the artistic act is not completed by the artist independently; the observer fetches the work in touch with the outside world by decoding and taking to mean its internal qualifications and therefore inserts his participation to the artistic work.
He marked the inception of self-reflexive art, art not seen with aesthetics forms, but part of an intellectual conception.
Duchamp's readymades also asserted the principle that what is art is defined by the artist.
So it's all art…

Whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not is another question entirely…

9 comments:

  1. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and evidently so is art.

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  2. Art Should be useful. I like it.
    xx

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  3. it so subjective (but then it's meant to be) this piece has the humor that's so often missing from art, I like.

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  4. Very nice! I think this side of art; plus any that makes use of a strap, can attract the purest of eyes gazed on the emotional side of the art muse.... :)

    Thanks for the visit and the honor darling,
    jesse

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  5. I agree that art is in the eye of the beholder.

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  6. it's like saying "art is in the eye of the beholder". lol. makes sense though.

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  7. Marcel duchamp what a great artist

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  8. Yes to enc and Agnes. No more to be said really. Interesting question to ask still.

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