Thursday, September 11, 2014

Daniel’s Value and Ideas #32: The Ursprung of Modern Art

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"Fountain was the first great myth of modern art, enacting the truth of its intellectual importance through an illusion of physical being. A readymade object that was already made to imitate reality, something disarmingly ordinary concealing something completely exceptional. Duchamp was ahead of his time in 1917, but a stroke of genius in 1950 set the ball rolling for an advance that would obliterate the aura of art forever, opening the door for Warhol, Koons and Hirst to make millions from manufacturing wonder. Fountain – a modern artistic statement, made with an age-old commitment to mimeses, repeated and distributed all over the world – turns out to be the first postmodern artwork before modernism had  even reached its peak."



Daniel's Value and Ideas #32: The Ursprung of Modern Art - One of the most important interventions in art history is built upon a myth. It is often cited as a revolution or used as a catch-all example when there's nothing left to say. It sits there brooding quietly in a corner of Tate Modern; it knows that you valorise it and it knows that you don't know the half of it. Duchamp's Fountain is not quite what it seems, and for that very reason is more important and ground-breaking than we had imagined.

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