Bicycle Wheel by Duchamp
Bicycle Wheel by Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp (American, born France. 1887–1968) Bicycle Wheel New York, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913) Metal wheel mounted on painted wood stool 51 x 25 x 16 1/2" (129.5 x 63.5 x 41.9 cm) The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection MoMA Number: 595.1967.a-b Copyright 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp Gallery Label Text: Bicycle Wheel is Duchamp’s first readymade, a class of objects he invented to challenge assumptions about what constitutes a work of art. Duchamp combined two mass-produced parts—a bicycle wheel and fork and a kitchen stool—to create a type of nonfunctional machine. By simply selecting prefabricated items and calling them art, he subverted established notions of the artist’s craft and the viewer’s aesthetic experience. The 1913 Bicycle Wheel was lost, but nearly four decades later Duchamp assembled a replacement from newly found prefabricated parts and affirmed that the later version is as valid as the original.
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