Marcel Duchamp Bicycle Wheel New York, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913)

  • Not on view

Although Duchamp had collected manufactured objects in his studio in Paris, it was not until he came to New York that he identified them as a category of art, giving the English name "Readymade" to any object purchased "as a sculpture already made." When he modified these objects, for example by mounting a bicycle wheel on a kitchen stool, he called them "Assisted Readymades." Duchamp later recalled that the original Bicycle Wheel was created as a "distraction": "I enjoyed looking at it, just as I enjoy looking at the flames dancing in a fireplace."

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006
Medium
Metal wheel mounted on painted wood stool
Dimensions
51 x 25 x 16 1/2" (129.5 x 63.5 x 41.9 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
595.1967.a-b
Copyright
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
Department
Painting and Sculpture