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Apolinère Enameled

1916-1917
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968
Duchamp 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....

Object Details
Louise Arensberg (1879-1953) and Walter C. Arensberg (1878-1954), Los Angeles, by c. 1918 [1].1. Visible in a photo of the Arensbergs' New York apartment taken by Charles Sheeler c. 1918. The Arensbergs moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1921.

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