Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia
Library Shelf Location 04.MODE
Publication Date 2008
Description "Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia" examines the work of three pioneering figures in the history of modernism, each of who raised questions that continue to reverberate through much of the art of today. Exploring the points of convergence and the parallels in their development throughout their careers, it will include works in all media, including photographs and film, as well as archival material documenting the artists' friendship and collaborations. Central to this examination is the artists' response to photography and film, and to the challenges posed to fine art by the development of mass production. Duchamp's paintings of 1911-12 were influenced by the representation of movement in photography, while Picabia's artistic development was shaped in part by the belief that the advent of the camera spelled the end of traditional painting. Man Ray used photography first to record his own art works and those of others, but soon saw in it a means of creating images of a status inventiveness traditionally restricted to fine art. Modernity, viewed with admiration laced with irony, provided a major impetus for the three artists in the early years of the twentieth century. Machines were treated as metaphors for inner drives; perception was explored as part of an expanded field of artistic enquiry; objects were created that challenged conventional definitions of art; and the pretensions of high art were lampooned. Above all, humour and eroticism were themes common to the work of all three artists.
ISBN 9781854377319
Quantity 1
Pages 247
Editor Jennifer Mundy
Format Paperback
Publisher Tate Publishing
Related Artists Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Man Ray
Categories Conceptual Art, Painting, Sculpture, Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists
Keywords Modernism, Eroticism, Irony
Related Event Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia (February 21 -May 26)
Related Gallery Tate Modern, London
Language English

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