Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Episode 005: Readymades [Marcel Duchamp & Jeff Koons]

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Marcel Duchamp was a painter, sculptor, and one of the fathers of the Dadaist movement.
His most well-known painting was Nude Descending Staircase, No. 2 (below).

The readymade

Was a reaction to the bourgeois control of the art community. This is when an artist takes a "found object" and removes it from the context that it may be used in. By placing it into an artistic space, it disrupts the viewers' perceptions and interactions with reality. Ultimately, it is a game of irony. 

The readymades we looked at were:

Bicycle Wheel, Marcel Duchamp, 1913 (left)
L.H.O.O.Q., Marcel Duchamp, 1919 (center) That pun tho. 
The Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, 1917 (right), which Bill had great anger over. 


Jeff fucking Koons. 


Neither Sifter particularly likes Jeff Koons. He is... difficult. 


(left)New Hoover Convertibles Green, Blue, New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue Doubledecker, Jeff Koons, (1981-87)
(right)One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series), Jeff Koons (1985)

Balloon Dog (Orange), Jeff Koons 1994-2000





SOURCES: 
"Bicycle Wheel"
"The Fountain"
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573
"Duchamp in His Own Words"