Marcel Duchamp: Richard Mutt's Fountain

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In 1917, the newly formed Society of Independent Artists received an unusual submission for its inaugural exhibit in New York: a porcelain urinal signed with the name “R. Mutt.” The Society’s board members  agreed to accept it into the exhibition, but they decided at the last  minute to omit the piece, entitled Fountain, from the final  display. It was later revealed that the artist Marcel Duchamp  (1887-1968) had submitted the piece to the Society, of which he himself  was a member. Today, the Fountain remains a symbol of  antiestablishment creativity, questioning what does and does not constitute art and who has the authority to make that distinction.

This  publication brings together an impressive amount of research as it  considers the context of Duchamp’s piece and its continued legacy, while rejecting the recently mooted thesis that Baroness Elsa von  Freytag-Loringhoven had created the work. 

  • Authors:  Marcel Duchamp and Stefan Banz
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers, 2020 
  • 280 pages, 5.8" x 4.5"
  • 88 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9783903320246 
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