CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENTS

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Royal Academy of Arts

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Clth, 9.5 x 10.75 in. / 224 pgs / 280 color.

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Forthcoming

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Catalog: FALL 2017 p. 38   

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ISBN 9781910350478 TRADE
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Eroticism, science and humor collide in the work of these two close friends and titans of modern art.
  • ABOUT THE ARTISTS Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was an artist, writer, provocateur, and chess player who is considered the father of Dada and laid the foundations for Conceptual Art with his 1917 ready-made urinal entitled Fountain. Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, writer, actor, bon vivant, and arguably the most famous of the Surrealists. His 1931 oil painting The Persistence of Memory ( ants on a watch) remains one of twentieth-century pop culture's most widely-known artworks.
  • ABOUT THE BOOK A look at the friendship and overlapping themes in the work of these very opposite artists.
  • PROMO: Exhibition will be on view at Dali­ Museum, St Petersburg FL in Winter 2018.
  • WEST COAST INTEREST: Duchamp's first museum retrospective was in 1963 at the Pasadena Museum of Art. Dali lived in Monterey California during the 1940s. A collection of his work (Dali 17) is housed at the Monterey Museum.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

London, UK
Royal Academy of Arts, 10/07/17–01/07/18
St Petersburg, FL
The Dalí Museum, 02/05/18–05/28/18

The surprising friendship of Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí

  

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

Dalí/Duchamp

Text by Dawn Ades, Montse Aguer, Cécile Debray-Amar, William Jeffett, Pilar Parcerisas, Gavin Parkinson, Ed Ruscha.

Marcel Duchamp, <I>Etant donnés 1. la chute d'eau et 2. le gaz d'éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall/ 2. The Illuminating Gas),</I> 1948–49<br/>
Painted parchment on plaster, velvet, 50 x 31 cm<br/>
Moderna Museet, Stockholm<br/><br/>

Photo ©  Moderna Museet, Stockholm / © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017

Eroticism, science and humor collide in the work of these two close friends

Dalí/Duchamp takes a detailed look at the little-explored relationship between two of the 20th century’s most famous artists. The two might seem like polar opposites at first glance—Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), the father of conceptual art who rejected painting in 1918, appears to have little in common with the showmanlike Salvador Dalí (1904–89), the exceptional Surrealist painter of fantastical landscapes. But the two men were united by a unique combination of humor and skepticism that led both to challenge conventional views of art and life in their own respective ways.

Beyond their shared thematic concerns, the artists knew and respected each other. After meeting in the 1930s through mutual contacts within the Surrealist group, Duchamp and Dalí maintained a firm friendship over the following decades, spending time together in Paris, New York and Catalonia, where Duchamp purchased a summer house in Cadaqués, close to Dalí’s home in Port Lligat.

Throughout this volume, expert contributors explore themes common to both artists, chief among them eroticism and identity, and both men’s engagement with science, optics, religion and myth. Each section of the book is sumptuously illustrated with key pieces from both artists’ bodies of work and features previously unpublished photographs, letters and ephemera that testify to the enduring warmth of their friendship. Dalí/Duchamp offers a fresh understanding of the work of two seminal artists of the 20th century.


Marcel Duchamp, Etant donnés 1. la chute d'eau et 2. le gaz d'éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall/ 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1948–49
Painted parchment on plaster, velvet, 50 x 31 cm
Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Photo © Moderna Museet, Stockholm / © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017

Dalí/Duchamp

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