February 17, 2012

Merely Retinal


Marcel Duchamp (1887?1968) has been aptly described by the painter Willem de Kooning as a one-man movement. Jasper Johns has written of his work as the "field where language, thought and vision act on one another." Duchamp has had a huge impact on twentieth-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists as "retinal" art, intended only to please the eye. Instead, Duchamp wanted, he said, "to put art back in the service of the mind."

Point taken (as every art student has a duty to learn), but every argument requires artifice after all. Sight can never divorce the retina from the mind.

Here is another video from thegnome54 :

Posted by Dennis at February 17, 2012 3:25 PM

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