Marcel Duchamp. In Advance of the Broken Arm. August 1964 (fourth version, after lost original of November 1915)

Marcel Duchamp In Advance of the Broken Arm August 1964 (fourth version, after lost original of November 1915)

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Beginning in 1913 Duchamp challenged accepted artistic standards by selecting mass-produced, functional objects from everyday life and designating them as works of art. These sculptures, which he called "readymades," were aimed at subverting traditional notions of skill, uniqueness, and beauty, boldly declaring that an artist could create simply by making choices. Duchamp purchased the first version of this work in a hardware store in 1915, signed and dated the shovel, and hung it on display from his studio ceiling. Its title, In Advance of the Broken Arm, playfully alludes to the objects intended purpose.

Gallery label from 2016.
Medium
Wood and galvanized-iron snow shovel
Dimensions
52" (132 cm) high
Credit
Gift of The Jerry and Emily Spiegel Family Foundation
Object number
690.2006
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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