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Dalia Judovitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665297.001.0001

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Critiques of the Ocular: Duchamp and Paris Dada

Critiques of the Ocular: Duchamp and Paris Dada

(p.1) 1 Critiques of the Ocular: Duchamp and Paris Dada
Drawing on Art

Dalia Judovitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter begins with an examination of Marcel Duchamp’s infamous appropriation of the Mona Lisa and his critique of the commodity. It analyzes Duchamp’s works and artistic positions from the Paris Dada period, showing that by introducing the logic of mechanism into objects, he activated a conceptual destiny that challenged their inertness as objects of consumption. It also considers his attempts in undermining authorship and the issue in activating spectatorship, which redefines the nature and meaning of artistic production.

Keywords:   Marcel Duchamp, Mona Lisa, commodity, Paris Dada, mechanism, authorship, spectatorship

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