In Search of Duchamp... (Part 1)
I approached the 2013 Armory Show with great exuberance. It was not only my first Armory Show as a New York resident, it was also the 100th anniversary of the landmark 1913 Armory Show in New York. The Armory Show represents the front line of ideas and practices in the art world. While today's public cannot be shocked the way the 1913 Armory crowd was famously outraged by Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending Staircase, The Armory Show still manages to bring together new ideas from artists and galleries around the world.
As an Art History aficionado—I especially love Duchamp's Readymades—I was on the hunt for any and all references to Monsieur Duchamp at the 2013 Armory Show. In my 3 days scouring The Armory Show, I interviewed several gallery representatives about their artists, their approach to the 2013 Armory Show, and of course, Marcel Duchamp.
Shown here are some works with direct reference to the iconic Nude Descending Staircase—all of which were shown at the 2013 Armory Show.
In the next two articles I will discuss my findings at the 2013 Armory Show—specifically the artworks that I can directly relate to my hero, Marcel Duchamp.