MUST SEE: Duchamp, Picabia, Man Ray at Tate Modern, February 21 – May 26

March 4th, 2008

Marquise Casati by Man Ray via Tate Modern

The exhibition “Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia”, featuring the three artists often cited as responsible for launching Dadaism through their exhibitions in New York, is on view at the Tate Modern until May 26. 

Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia and Man Ray at the Tate Modern [Times Online]
Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia at Tate Modern [24 hour Museum]
Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia’s show at the Tate Modern [AFP]
Tate Modern [Tate Modern]

Visitor at the Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia exhibition via AFP

Together, the three artists provide a varied glimpse into the ideas behind what the Tate characterizes as “The moment art changed forever.” The artists worked along similar, revolutionary trajectories: Duchamp is credited for inventing the concept of the ‘readymade’, presenting everyday objects as an artwork; Man Ray pioneered avant-garde photographic and film techniques; and Picabia used kitsch and popular imagery to define his paintings.
Works on show include Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even” as well as a series of Man Ray’s images created by placing objects directly on or close to light-sensitive paper are also on display. Perhaps the most striking works by Picabia are the series of brash, fleshy oils copied from sources such as cigarette cards.