First introduced to our campus members in 2017, our comprehensive anthology of critical writing on Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the world’s #1 contemporary art object with essays by Francis M. Naumann, Ezra Shales, Dalia Judovitz and seven other scholars. And now, it’s available to you––FREE.
The following essay is Garth Clark’s introduction to Ostracon 3: R.Mutt: Writings about Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917) and its Aftermath.
Only a few people had access to the moment on April 10, 1917 when Marcel Duchamp’s pseudonymous work Fountain, signed R. Mutt, was refused by The Independents Salon. Without revealing his authorship, he resigned as a juror and walked away. In the century that has followed, Fountain has become the most important modern ceramic artwork in the world and also been voted, again and again, the most significant art object as well by critics and curators. It is the unchallenged Queen (it is a feminine receptive form) of the avant-garde modern art object canon and reigns supreme celebrating the 100th year anniversary in its reign over sedition in art.
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