Modern and Contemporary Art
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968
Gouache and graphite on painted tin, mounted on cardboard
Currently not on view
1950-134-73The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelDuchamp added pencil, paint, and cardboard to a painted tin advertisement for Sapolin enamel, an industrial paint, to create this “assisted” readymade. The sign’s manipulated lettering, a pun on the name of his friend Guillaume Apollinaire, the French writer and art critic, wryly calls attention to the readymade’s implicit critique of traditional painting.