Stieglitz used a backdrop of The Warriors by Marsden Hartley to photograph the urinal. The entry tag is clearly visible. (Image and text: Wikipedia) What does Duchamp's Plumbing mean? To be honest, I don't know. The phrase came to me the afternoon Walter Wickiser asked if I might curate a second exhibition for his gallery. If you're not familiar with Marcel Duchamp , you should know he didn't think much of what he called Retinal Art, art that was created merely to please the eye. He was most interested in the artist's thoughts and imaginings something of a precursor to Conceptual Art. Duchamp was also a Dada pioneer, responsible for a great number of major contributions to Modern Art such as The Fountain, a ground breaking work created 100 years ago in 1917. A seminal readymade, it consisted of a single, white bathroom urinal laid on its back, signed in bold letters: R. Mutt. Duchamp posed and was photographed as a woman named Rrose Selavy (1920-21), an alter ego that poked fun at the art world and challenged the preconceived notions about identity and sexuality.
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