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presents a revision of art history by MIKLOS LEGRADY

The curious case of Marcel Duchamp, part 1

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Miklos Legrady - 33" x 49" - 83.82cm x cm x 124.46cm, acrylic on cardboard. Sept. 24, 2015.

Duchamp wanted to base painting on ideas instead of our senses, but ideas belong to literature; ideas are what we write down, just as visual language is the primacy of the image. Rejecting one’s visual sense was senseless, insensible, nonsense… and toxic; Duchamp destroyed his incentive, his motivation, and his ability to make art. He retired to play chess but for the next twenty years he poked at Étant donnés as if trying to revive a lost relationship. On this note, Duchamp often said the Urinal and other Readymade were not art and could not be art; there’s all this information that was always out there but was ignored as incovenient, a cognitive dissonance and a philosophical conundrum. Common knowledge about Duchamp now looks like academic misdirection; how much contemporary art is based on historical illiteracy and what happens to it now?

http://www.newartexaminer.net/the-curious-case-of-marcel-duchamp/

The New Art Examiner, an independent magazine of art and cultural criticism, was founded in Chicago in 1973. The magazine is not only a significant part of the history of art and criticism in Chicago, it made important contributions to the larger history of art and cultural criticism in the United States by promising—and delivering—an often sharp-edged critique. The curious case of Marcel Duchamp part 2 will appear in the October issue for subscribers, November online for the public.

A new voice in art criticism, Miklos Legrady is a visual artist, scholar, anti-hero and protagonist who is expecting trouble. He steps out of the art world’s blind spot, deconstructing cultural myths and fictions. Emerging as a hybrid between technical wizard, ad buster and poli-sci commentator, he moves through a world of political, social, and cultural intrigue. Like the Energizer Bunny, Legrady just keeps on going and going.

contact: legrady@me.com