August 10, 2007

Guided art tour on a website

Filed under: art — podtourz @ 7:59 am

 The Boing Boing blog made me aware of this excellent site – Making sense of Marcel Duchamp.

It’s a guided tour of Duchamp’s work. The elegant design is an immediate recommendation. But what I particularly like is the commentary – particularly, pointing out Duchamp’s sense of comedy, and the way he subverts artistic forms.

‘The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even’ is deconstructed, and made to operate as a sort of perpetual motion machine through the use of cartoons that interpret Duchamp’s original designs (not all of his ideas made it through to the final work).

And there’s a timeline which makes it easy to see where Duchamp’s works fit in the overall progression of his art.

The technology is a perfect fit with the content. You can’t say that about many websites. And I really do feel, having spent half an hour with the site, that I understand a lot more about Duchamp – an artist I previously knew only for the famous (or rather notorious) urinal. I like him a lot more, too.


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