Duane Michals - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, April 16, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Bulfinch, The Essential Duane Michals, p. 191; Twelvetrees Press, Album: The Portraits of Duane Michals 1958-1988 there annotated 'Marchel Duchamp lived behind my apartment on tenth street when i lived on ninth street.'

  • Catalogue Essay

    The portraits by Duane Michals of renowned artists, from Joseph Cornell to Claes Oldenbburg, are concerned with the idiosyncrasies of each artist as a person as opposed to the mythical aura that otherwise surrounds them as public figures. In the current lot, French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp is seen perched on a window, seemingly caught off-guard, in a deep meditative state, with his interlocking hands casually resting on his lap. The annotation accompanying the work, "Marcel Duchamp lives behind my apartment on tenth street when I lived on ninth street" further personalizes the famed artist. His seminal role in the art world is charmingly replaced by his role as a pensive and gentle-mannered neighbor.


Marcel Duchamp

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
9 7/8 x 6 1/2 in. (25.1 x 16.5 cm).
Signed and numbered 6/25 in ink in the margin.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,500


16 April 2010
New York