What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me




The Fine Art Society is proud to announce a major contemporary group exhibition marking the centenary of Duchamp’s readymade – a concept that challenged the very notion of art itself. The exhibition will be the largest contemporary show in the history of the gallery, taking over the entire five floors of the Bond Street townhouse.

The building will become a monument to Duchamp and the visitor will experience his legacy on contemporary art. Over 50 artists have responded to the title — What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me — highlights of which include:

  • —  Keith Tyson creating a totem pole comprised of 36 esoteric heads that make reference to both roulette and chess.The piece will extend from the contemporary gallery up the stairwell into the ground floor.

  • —  The performance group, Non Zero One creating a piece specific to the exhibition and the gallery – their recent performance involved visitors to theThe Other Art Fair being given detailed instructions on how to destroy art on exhibit.

  • —  The light artist, Chris Levine creating a pure hologram of one of Duchamp’s chess pieces in one of the top floor viewing rooms.

  • —  Charming Baker exhibiting a painting, which may or may not be by the ar tist’s hand.

  • —  Jonathan Yeo painting a double portrait, which makes reference to both himself and the modern master.

  • —  Graham Hudson taking over Whistler’s old rooms in a site-specific installation and video work that is informed by the gallery, its staff and Jane Fonda.

  • —  Paul Fryer recreates his lightning fieldwork in the contemporary penthouse and places surreal interventions throughout the gallery.

    In total the exhibition includes four new site-specific installations in the upper viewing rooms as well as three floors of sculpture, painting, video, works on paper and performance based work from a line up of exceptional artistic talent.

    Marcel Duchamp and the Readymade

    Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) is a multifaceted figure who still looms large over contemporary art. Duchamp is worshipped by some and condemned by others, either way there is no disputing that he is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

    Duchamp derided the adoration of art and all canons of taste and categorisation. He said once,“I force myself to

    contradict myself so as to avoid conforming to my own taste”. In 1913 he set in motion one of the single most influential

    and significant ideas in modern art.Alone in his studio he created his first readymade by selecting and
    presenting a found object, Bicycle Wheel. He would not show the work for another year – the first ‘pure readymade’ is dated to the 1914 Bottle Rack’.

    The readymade is a concept that challenged the very notion of art itself.As a result of this gesture, anything could be art if the artist chose it. Duchamp’s legacy is enormous. He may not have been prolific, but his impact not just as an artist but also a great thinker and a writer, is incalculable. 

Duration 10 October 2014 - 05 November 2014
Times Monday - Friday 9.30am to 6.00pm. Saturday 10.00am to 1pm.
Cost Free
Venue The Fine Art Society
Address 148 New Bond Street London W1S 2JT, ,
Contact 020 7629 5116 / art@faslondon.com / www.faslondon.com/

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