The Easel

Re-Thinking Duchamp

A comprehensive retrospective of Duchamp’s paintings in Paris has brought forth a spate of interesting essays. Duchamp is often viewed as the artist who tried to kill painting with a 1918 painting whose title is usually interpreted as “you bore me”. Of course, prior to this, he had scandalized the art world by trying to enter a toilet bowl in a 1917 New York art show. Fifty years after his death, the debate over his intentions goes on. Rose knew Duchamp and thus brings something of an historical perspective to her task. The Centre Pompidou catalogue essay is also worthwhile.