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The private worlds of Marcel Duchamp : desire, liberation, and the self in modern culture

Author: Jerrold E Seigel
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Marcel Duchamp is a founding figure of twentieth-century art and culture, the common source to which many contemporary movements trace their roots. His career has often been celebrated for its contradictions and discontinuities, its disparate parts unified only by their assault on the traditions of art. Jerrold Seigel offers a wholly different view, revealing a web of interrelated themes that unify Duchamp's work
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Marcel Duchamp; Marcel Duchamp; Marcel Duchamp
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerrold E Seigel
ISBN: 0520200381 9780520200388
OCLC Number: 31865558
Description: viii, 291 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Fame: A Prologue --
2. Subjective Spaces --
3. Motions and Mysteries --
4. Desire, Delay, and the Fourth Dimension: The Large Glass --
5. Private Worlds Made Public: The Readymades --
6. Words and Windows --
7. Loving and Working --
8. The Self as Other --
9. Conclusion: Art and Its Freedoms.
Responsibility: Jerrold Seigel.
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Marcel Duchamp is a founding figure of twentieth-century art and culture, the common source to which many contemporary movements trace their roots. His career has often been celebrated for its contradictions and discontinuities, its disparate parts unified only by their assault on the traditions of art. Jerrold Seigel offers a wholly different view, revealing a web of interrelated themes that unify Duchamp's work and tie it to his life. At the book's center is a reinterpretation of the famous "readymades," of which the urinal Fountain and the defaced Mona Lisa were the most shocking. The result gives the artist's career the unity of a colorful and intricate puzzle.

Behind that puzzle were the great modernist themes of isolation, perpetuated desire, and the imagined dissolution of the self. These themes entered Duchamp's mind both from his social and cultural environment and from the shaping experience of his family; around them were woven the patterns of working and loving that Seigel uncovers in his life. Duchamp emerges not just as a coherent, understandable personality, but as an exemplary one, his very eccentricities reflecting essential dimensions of modern experience.

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