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Revolving Glass Plates

Rotative Plaques

1920: Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

Optics and the machine, long interests of Duchamp's are used here to literally dematerialise the physical world through spinning glass plates. First a Dadaist, then Surrealist, and finally an independent, Duchamp was the first to reject painting as a backward-looking practice in art.
 
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