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A RESPONSE TO DUCHAMP : THE INDISPENSABLE REVOLUTIONARY

When Marcel Duchamp entered his masterpiece “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” in 1912 in the progressive, innovative Salon des Indépendants exhibition organised by his fellow avant-garde artists, his liberal-minded, cutting-edge colleagues rejected his painting.

Just a few years ago, a prestigious director of a leading, world-renowned art gallery was asked whether Duchamp’s infamous “ready-mades” (mass-produced, common, found objects) were art; the answer was an unequivocal no.

Duchamp had helped to originate conceptual art (gestures, performances, happenings, instalments, video, words, literary texts and ideas, themselves deemed the work of art,): expression that opens our eyes to see children, women, men, people of diverse sexual identities, and the whole world anew. Continue reading A RESPONSE TO DUCHAMP : THE INDISPENSABLE REVOLUTIONARY