Friday, May 25, 2007

Well, was it?




Marcel Duchamp : was this the defining work of the 20th Century?
John Gallaher : Only yes or no answers are allowed.

14 Comments:

At 5/25/2007 8:30 AM, Anonymous louise m said...

no

 
At 5/25/2007 8:52 AM, Blogger greg rappleye said...

No

 
At 5/25/2007 12:07 PM, Blogger david dodd lee said...

nope

 
At 5/25/2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

I'll go with YES to play Devil's Advocate. I could defend that claim (although it would be a debate-team kind of thing).

 
At 5/25/2007 1:10 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

And here I was going to go with "yes." I'm thinking of what image would go on the cover of an anthology of the century . . .

Just in case anyone ever asks me.

Especially as "Kilge" is my word verification for this . . .

 
At 5/25/2007 5:58 PM, Blogger Don said...

Maybe. "Guernica" and one of Andy Warhol's Marylin Monroe's. With this inbetween?

 
At 5/25/2007 6:10 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Don, what a nice arc. Maybe though, something from Warhol's Car Crash series.

 
At 5/26/2007 12:08 AM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

I'd put something by Gerhard Richter at the end of the sequence.

Demoiselles (although I am a Cezanne man myself)

Urinal

Pollock of your choice

Warhol of your choice

Richter (my choice: October 18, 1977)

 
At 5/26/2007 5:00 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Urinal? What's that? This Duchamp is a sculpture of a fountain.

Urinal? That's just gross.



heh-heh

 
At 5/26/2007 5:33 AM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

Could not remember the fountain's name! I almost wrote LHOOQ, but that's a different Duchamp. :-)

 
At 5/26/2007 6:09 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Richter is another of my favorites, it's the arc in his work that interestes me . . . he's something of a one-stop 20th Century right there, isn't he?

 
At 5/26/2007 10:10 PM, Blogger Montgomery Maxton said...

yes

 
At 5/28/2007 7:25 AM, Blogger david dodd lee said...

Was it only the "urinal" amongst
Duchamp's readymades that defined
the century. What about the mustache on the "Mona Lisa"? Yes,
so very much follo,ws these gestures, but it really IS too reductive to narrow it down to
the one object. Is it simply because it's so audacious? Otherwise, what about "The Wasteland"?

 
At 5/28/2007 8:20 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

DDL,

Well, I was thinking visual art, and of course no one thing needs to be the touchstone . . . but he asked, you know?

I thought it only fitting, now that he's asleep and all, to help him out.

wink wink

 

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