Marcel Duchamp Network of Stoppages Paris, 1914

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In 3 Standard Stoppages, Duchamp had explored the possibility of adjusting the metric standard through a random procedure. In this large canvas he complicated that idea, multiplying the curves of the fallen threads from 3 Standard Stoppages by reproducing each one three times and positioning them in a diagrammatic arrangement. He also made the work by painting over the images on a canvas he had already used, those images being a female figure and a schematic, quasi-mechanical drawing of his ongoing project The Large Glass. The visible and semi-visible layers of Network of Stoppages seem to contrast three representational systems: traditional figuration, chance operations, and the diagram, which maps the world without picturing it.

Gallery label from 2020
Oil and pencil on canvas
58 5/8" x 6' 5 5/8" (148.9 x 197.7 cm)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund and gift of Mrs. William Sisler
Object number
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
Painting and Sculpture

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Joseph Stella (1877-1946), New York. Before 1946
Frederick Kiesler (1890–1965), New York. Acquired from Stella [before 1946]
Julian Levy, New York (Kiesler’s agent)
Patricia Kane Matta (1923-1972), who became Mrs. Pierre Matisse in 1949, New York
Pierre Matisse, New York
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