• Prints & Multiples auction at Christies

    Sale 2309

    Prints & Multiples

    26 - 27 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 61

    MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968)

    de ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La Boîte en Valise, Series G) (Schwarz 484)

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    MARCEL DUCHAMP (1887-1968)
    de ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La Boîte en Valise, Series G) (Schwarz 484)
    the complete set of 80 miniature replicas and reproductions of works by the artists, mounted on and contained in the original cardboard, paper, wood and linen box, conceived in 1935-41, with the artist's stamped signature and signed in ink by Teeny Duchamp, from the edition of 47 produced betwen 1966 and 1971, several of the reproductions loose, otherwise generally in very good condition, original green leather-covered outer box (some wear and minor losses at the corners). 16¼ x 15¼ x 4 in. (410 x 385 x 95 mm.)

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    Duchamp's Boîte en Valise, or portable museum, with it's pull-out standing frames displaying his Nude Descending a Staircase and other works, reproductions of The Large Glass and Nine Manic Molds on celluloid and diminutive Readymades hung in a vertical 'gallery', is the artist's own summary of his work prior to 1940. More importantly, as a readymade in its own right, it represents an important shift in the artist's philosophy: having consciously set out to repeat neither his own nor any other form of 'accepted' art, the Valises show Duchamp exactly reversing his prior stance: here he has deliberately set out to create hand-crafted copies of objects which he had already made. Presented in their neatly packaged and intricately conceived constructions, they look like manufactured art 'devices', thereby coming full circle as art fashioned out of something already designated as art.