Requirement: The Final assignment will be a short (approx. 1500 words) research paper that examines a specific area within painting, photo, sculpture, video, new forms, etc., or fine arts culture or visual studies, or an aspect of theory in one of these areas. It will be to the point, and not take up more than 10 minutes of reading time when presented to class. It will be accompanied by some images. This is another way of displacing me as the perpetual leader & pedagogical authority. Please follow my proposal and the research that I upload. ask me if you have any question!Final paper Proposal
For my final paper I would like talk about Marcel Duchan.
Zen is often mentioned in his interview, and his own attitude towards art and life reflects
this. This is very close to the philosophical thinking of Laozi and Zhuangzi in ancient
China—Anatman, to externalize and internalize Zen. So his thoughts aroused my interest
and resonance even more than his work. So I will talk about the relationship between Zen
and his work through the presentation, and also His views on art and other artists, as well
as on creation and innovation are directed at the essence, but they have an attitude that
has nothing to do with him. He always keeps a distance from the outside world, lives in
his own world. He said, “He likes to live and breathing, more than to work.” He is more
like a thinker.
I would like to explore more about Duchamp in a different perspective, from art history to
aesthetics, philosophy, and the concepts of terminology of contemporary art, both are
related to his work and his own perspective of art.
Here is some research I did for Duchamp, you can use.
1 Kant after Duchamp
By Thierry de Duve
Dialogues With Marcel Ducham by Pierre Cabanne (Author)
In the Kant After Duchamp ,the author uses a broad perspective to explore from art history to
aesthetics, philosophy, and the concepts of terminology of contemporary art, and puts forward
many unique viewpoints.Thierry de Duve uses Kant’s comprehensive proposition to explain the
rationalization of ready-made products. The entire 1960s is the history of acceptance of readymade products. In his view, Duchamp wanted the existing art become invalid. For example,
when we are seeing a painting, we no longer ask whether the painting is beautiful or not, but
whether it is a painting or not. He believes that one of the greatest inspirations Duchamp has
given us is that he regards painting and non-painting, or the boundary between art and non-art
as one of the most important subjects of his artistic practice, and draws the topic of Kant from
Duchamp. Through the Fountain, Duchamp not only broke Kant’s aesthetic theory, but also
subverted aesthetics as a discipline. Because the subject of aesthetics is basically Kant laid the
foundation for it.
In the first half of the book Dialogues With Marcel Ducha is an interview with Duchamp, in
which he talked about several of his works and the creative process, as well as art and anti-
retina attitude: ‘Since Gustave Courbet, people have always believed that painting works are
based on the retina which is a mistake everyone makes. ‘The retina is momentary’. Through
the rejection of “Nude Descending a Staircase”, he has already seen that the fate of the
modernists will be the same as the traditions they vigorously opposed at the time-from
establishment to preservation, and then rejection and rigidity. The entire process of art history
is a repeated variation on such a theme.In his view, art is just one of countless activities in
human existence, no different from other activities. Therefore, art should not be superior to
other human activities, and it is not worthy of being respected in this way. Based on this
understanding, Duchamp deliberately erased the lofty status of art and mocked art in a relaxed
way. The second part of this book is the author’s strong personal opinion, and talked about the
relationship between Zen and art, and introduced some postmodernism, surrealism, cubism,
abstraction, etc. This book itself is also called a work of art which allows more people who do
not understand art to have a deeper understanding. It is an art that anyone can understand,
rather than those obscure and difficult sentence to understand.
This book collects all his works, introductions and production process of his work. It also
includes some sketches and ideas behind these works, as well as records of his interviews and
some speeches. So for those who want to learn more about Duchamp and his works which are
great help. He used a lot of humorous and quirky notes which he called “Texticles,” to record
his works. In addition, you can also learn about his unique views and thinking on art, aesthetics
and philosophy. It also emphasizes Duchamp’s love of language: his puns, allusions,
anagrams and under his alias Rrose Selavy. It can be said that it is a book that completely
records Duchamp. It not only shows his talent in art, but his wit and wisdom are also deeply
4.zen is often mentioned in his interviews, and his own attitude towards art and life reflects this. This is
very close to the philosophical thinking of Laozi and Zhuangzi in ancient China—Anatman, to externalize
and internalize Zen. So his thoughts aroused my interest and resonance even more than his work.His
views on art and other artists, as well as on creation and innovation are directed at the essence, but
they have an attitude that has nothing to do with him. He refuses habit, refuses to repeat, refuses to be
defined. He always keeps a distance from the outside world, lives in his own world. He said, “He likes to
live and breathing, more than to work.” He is more like a thinker. When people ask what is art and what
is not art or the boundary between life and art. What he doing is to blurred the boundary between art
and life. Much like Eastern philosophy. Although art work is pursuing the ultimate harmony, it is kind of
boring at the same time.
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