Richard Hamilton and Marcel Duchamp - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Etienne Lullin M2

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Arts Council of Great Britain asked Hamilton to organize a Duchamp retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1966. The Almost Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp opened on 18 June 1966. Realizing the futility of trying to do justice to Duchamp without the 'Large Glass' and other glass studies (the 1915-23 original, in Philadelphia, was too delicate to travel), Hamilton spent a year making a reconstruction of Duchamp's masterpiece, working from the notes and dimensions given in the 'Green Box'. Lullin, p. 254 In the end, Duchamp recognized Hamilton's involvement, saw them as new works, and insisted this and the other related works should be signed by both of them.


Oculist witnesses

Screenprint and silver mirror in laminated glass with aluminum plinth.
25 1/2 x 20 x 8 in. (64.8 x 50.8 x 20.3 cm)
Signed by both artists and numbered 39/50 in white paint (there were also 10 artist's proofs), published by Petersburg Press, London.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $32,500

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 April 2018