Art Interpretation – Exercise #13

By Brenda Moore-McCann

Q1. Describe what you see as accurately as possible.

Q2. Have you ever seen a medical recording presented like this?

Q3. What might be the significance of the wire coming from the bottom of the box?

Q4. Can you speculate what might be a context for this box hanging on a wall?

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The thumbnail image for this exercise is:

Portrait of Marcel Duchamp (1920-21) by Man Ray

Gelatin Silver print

Yale University Gallery

( Public domain U.S.A.)

Marcel Duchamp ( 1887-1968) was a French artist, chess player and writer. He was the founding father of Conceptual art which was influential in shifting the idea of art from a primarily visual experience towards broader concepts which often dispensed with art as a painted or sculpted object. One of his most famous works was “Fountain” (1912), an ordinary urinal presented as an artwork and signed ‘R.Mutt.’ As one of his ‘readymades’, its purpose was to challenge traditional ideas about art, including the inherent value of an art object. After Duchamp, the context of art in any medium, gained greater importance than art as an object.