Rhett Gérard Poché

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Duchamp Reciprocated

Just for fun…

An excerpt from Duchamp’s Apropos of “Readymades”

Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 19, 1961.
Published in: Art and Artists, 1, 4 (July, 1966).

One important characteristic was the short sentence which I occasionally inscribed on the “readymade.”

That sentence instead of describing the object like a title was meant to carry the mind of the spectator towards other regions more verbal.

Sometimes I would add a graphic detail of presentation which in order to satisfy my craving for alliterations, would be called “readymade aided.”

At another time wanting to expose the basic antinomy between art and readymades I imagined a “reciprocal readymade”: use a Rembrandt as an ironing board!

Even though I have read Apropos of “Readymades” about 50 times, I still wonder what a Rembrandt would look like if actually used as an ironing board.

My reimagined Rembrandt. The original is in the Indianapolis Museum of Art—Yes, there is a Rembrandt in the great state of Indiana!
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, oil on wood, 1629.

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