Is this true? I honestly don't know, but the whole philosophy
surrounding Duchamp and his 'Fountain' is a fun and open-ended
discussion with any age group. It was not originally 'art', but is now?
Why, because Duchamp said so? Can we do the same thing? I love Dada, and
the avenues it opened up for all of us - I'm sure I'll get some
disagreement? It is a great thread though....
I don't know how valid this is, but I like to tell my students that I
believe the reason DuChamp got away with the urinal as "art" was not
just because he said it was - but because he was the FIRST artist to do
that. The "art" was not so much the sculpture as it was the "idea" of
taking a urinal and putting it on a pedestal and displaying it. If
somebody did that now in 1999, I don't know if it would get a lot of
attention as "art" because it's been done before - it's no longer unique
and creative. But that's just my opinion.
-- Sandra Hildreth Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617