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PLAYING WITH EARTH AND SKY: ASTRONOMY, GEOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF MARCEL DUCHAMP. James Housefield. Dartmouth College Press, University Press of New England, Lebanon, 2016. Interfaces: Studies in Visual Culture. 324 pp. with 126 ills. (16 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-1345 ISBN 9781611689563 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 170331. Publisher's description: Playing with Earth and Sky reveals the significance astronomy, geography, and aviation had for Marcel Duchamp -- widely regarded as the most influential artist of the past fifty years. Duchamp transformed modern art by abandoning unique art objects in favor of experiences that could be both embodied and cerebral. This illuminating study offers new interpretations of Duchamp's momentous works, from readymades to the early performance art of shaving a comet in his hair. It demonstrates how the immersive spaces and narrative environments of popular science, from museums to the modern planetarium, prepared paths for Duchamp's nonretinal art. By situating Duchamp's career within the transatlantic cultural contexts of Dadaism and Surrealism, this book enriches contemporary debates about the historical relationship between art and science. This truly original study will appeal to a broad readership in art history and cultural studies.
Artist(s):Duchamp, Marcel
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1900-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170330
Hardcover $85.00    

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