Saturday, February 23, 2013

More On Duchamp by Francis Naumann

Francis Naumann Fine Art's current exhibition Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending Staircase; An Homage follows hard on the heels of Naumann's latest publication, The Recurrent, Haunting Ghost: Essay on the Art, Life and Legacy of Marcel Duchamp (2012) and his wonderful Fall exhibition Duchamp Brothers and Sister: Works of Art, which featured paintings, drawings, sculptures and other printed materials about this famous family (the first of its kind since 1952).  A review of the show was published in the New York Times.

Les Duchamps are:

  • Jacques Villon (originally Gaston Duchamp, 1875-1963; he changed his name in honor of the medieval  French François Villon)
  • Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876-1918, died at the front during World War I)
  • Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)
  • Suzanne Duchamp (1889-1963)

Suzanne Duchamp, Self-Portrait, ca.1920

pen and ink drawing.

Photo of Suzanne Duchamp by Man Ray, ca. 1926

Please note that this self-portrait of Suzanne Duchamp accompanies the NYT review.  It was originally identified as a portrait of Marcel Duchamp.  However, while Francis Naumann gave our New York Arts Exchange group a tour, our own NYAE member Debora Reiter Sakkal pointed out that the face looks similar to a photograph of  Suzanne (placed next to the portrait in the exhibition).  Francis Naumann, one of the world's Duchamp authorities, listened attentively and agreed.  Bravo, Debora!

Other works in Duchamp Brothers and Sister were:

  Jacques Villon,  Le Jardin de  l'Evêché de Castres1954
Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 × 36 1/4 in, 65.1 × 92.1 cm

Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Torso of a  Young Man, 1910 (cast 1968)
bronze, (21 3/4 x 13 3/8 x 15 13/16 in.)

Duchamp Brothers and Sister closed in January 2013.  Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending Staircase: An Homage remains on view through March 29th. Catch it before it's too late.

A bientôt,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic
New York Arts Exchange

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