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56: PUBLIC ATTENDANT A to Z

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| Fall 2017 |

Editors: Serkan Ozkaya and Robert Fitterman

For twenty years, Marcel Duchamp secretly worked on his final art piece, Étant donnés, in his New York City studio. After he died in 1968, the work was installed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a closed chamber, wherein a naked woman lies on her back on a bed of dead branches. Her legs extend toward the viewer, right leg out straight, left one drawn up and bent. Her head and right arm are hidden by a brick wall. She holds in her left hand an old-fashioned Welsbach gas lamp. The lamp glows faintly against a realistic backdrop of woods and a tiny waterfall that sparkles in the sun. The entire scene is bathed in a brilliant but uneven light, with some areas cast in shadow. The only access to the piece for the viewer comes through two peepholes in the facade of the closed chamber…or maybe not.

In PUBLIC ATTENDANT A to Z, artist Serkan Ozkaya and poet Robert Fitterman curate a collection of works from artists and writers that respond—implicitly and explicitly, artistically and scholarly—to Duchamp’s enigmatic final work. 26 artists and writers were assigned a prompt corresponding to a letter from the alphabet. The result of this unique approach blurs critical writing, poetry, and art to deepen our understanding of Duchamp’s mysterious creation, Étant donnés, or as Fitterman calls it, Attendant A!

 

CONTENTS

A for ANAGRAM | Rodrigo Rey Rosa & Marlene Rutzendorfer

B for BOÎTE-EN-VALISE | Mathieu Mercier

C for CAMERA OBSCURA (REVERSED) | Penelope Haralambidou

D for DOOR | Michael Taylor

E for ÉTANT DONNÉS | Jeff Wall

F for FORESTAY WATERFALL | Stefan Banz

G for GYNOMORPHISM IN ÉTANT DONNÉS | Francis Naumann

H for HOPPER TO DUCHAMP | Daniel Bozhkov

I for IKEA | Sandra Chollet

J for JUST MARIA | Fernán Nápoles

K for KAVAN | Steven Zultanski

L for LIGHT | Alan Licht

M for MAN RAY | Philip Blackburn

N for NUDE BY A WATERFALL | Stefan Banz

O for ORIFICE | Kim Junsung

P for PROJECTION | Jeff Derksen

Q for QUADRATE | Derek Beaulieu

R for READYMADE | Matvei Yankelevich

S for SCENE | Margie Orford

T for TOOLE | Aaron Winslow

U for UNATTENDED | Klaus Killisch

V for VOYEUR | Les Levine

W for WHEN THE WELSBACH BURNER WENT WET AND WEIRD | Monsieur Ara

X for XXX | Josef Kaplan

Y for YOU SEE/ACCELERATE THE GAP | Julian Jason Haladyn

Z for ZUGZWANG | Christian Bök

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Reviews by: Katia Houde | Christina Landbrecht | Ian Mackay | Treva Michelle Pullen | Charles Reeve | Carmen Victor

 

224 pages | Full colour
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