Art: Be Shocking

Marcel Duchamp is a keen old (62) knife-blade of a man whose greatest interest now is chess. Once upon a time (before World War I) he stood among the wildest and wittiest cutups of modern art. His blurred, brown vision of a Nude Descending a Staircase step by step in a flood of toppling geometrical shapes was a revelation as well as a shock to his contemporaries. Related to cubism and to movies as well, it seemed to point one new way of painting things in motion. His later dadaist* "ready-mades," e,g,, a bird...

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