The Complete Works
of Marcel Duchamp
Potrait of Marcel Lefran┴ois
Hats off to veteran publisher Delano Greenidge, whose labor of love, the expanded edition of Arturo Schwarz' out-of-print classic, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, will be released next month.
The Royal Flush, with the permission of Greenidge, is pleased to offer an advance peek at some of the rarer images in the new edition, including the late ready-mades, Laundress's Aprons (male and female).
The new deluxe Duchamp edition is the product of six years work by a consulting staff of 40. Each image, including an astounding 253 new entries (upping the total to 663 works from 421) discovered by Professor Schwarz since the book's initial publication in 1969, was approved by Teeny Duchamp before her death on Dec. 20, 1995.
Volume One of the Complete Works consists of three books, devoted serially to the early classic works, the Large Glass and the later ready-mades.
Volume Two includes not only the collection of plates, but also a throrough descriptive bibliography, chock full of anecdotal material, and a complete exhibition history.
At 1,000 pages, with 222 color plates and 1,000 black-and-white illustrations, the book is reasonably priced at $225 and can be ordered from Delano Greenidge Editions at (212) 674-7053; fax (212) 777-3629.
Leafing through the Duchamp oeuvre, one is struck not only by the conceptual dominance Duchamp continues to exercise over the contemporary art scene, but by the formal similarities between the Marcellage and the work of Armleder, Beuys, Bourgeois, Gober, Hammons, Johns, Kabakov, Oldenburg and every Op, Pop, and Pattern & Decoration artist as well, bordering on direct imitation.
This welcome book implicitly argues that postmodern artists and their work are nothing more than flies in master Marcel's dusty web!!!
CHARLIE FINCH is the New York editor of Coagula Art Journal and has coauthored the forthcoming Most Art Sucks from Smart Art Press.