The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even
August 16, 2002 5:09 PM   Subscribe

The bride stripped bare by her bachelors, even is usually referred to as The Large Glass but whatever the name, what is it? Also, did Marcel Duchamp hide the stitches in plain site? For that matter, when did he find the time to make music? Would hearing him in his own words help us make sense of him? What do his Francophone fans think? Does it require a lifetime of devotion to get a handle on his work? How about dragging his readymades into the lab and putting them under the microscope? If not answers then more questions can surely be found in the Duchamp world community or perhaps on its bulletin board. But, really, I suppose it doesn't matter how you encounter Duchamp just so long as you do.
posted by xian (13 comments total)
that is a tremendous site, great link.
posted by pejamo at 5:44 PM on August 16, 2002

excellent site once you get into it. the "bride" explanation can be found by scrolling the page right (using the arrow buttons). i'm pretty sure i've seen that at the tate - i never had a clue what it was about until now. (and thinking of that, i did a search, which turned up this good photo)
posted by andrew cooke at 5:57 PM on August 16, 2002

Larry Marder's Tales of the Beanworld was the first place I heard of Duchamp (not to mention the concept of an unfolding process as a work of art). Good stuff.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 6:00 PM on August 16, 2002

I love those nutty dadaists. Aquamarine coathangers to all.
posted by BartFargo at 6:30 PM on August 16, 2002

How timely. I was just gazing longingly at one of Duchamp's green boxes last weekend, and wishing that I had $25k lying around so I could buy it. Thanks Xian
posted by MrBaliHai at 6:53 PM on August 16, 2002

Thank you xian, suddenly TOTB issue #19 now has a whole new layer of meaning.

The Large Glass = The Big·Big·Picture

The Bride's Domain = The Service Stations
The Bride = The Influences
Love Gasoline = Reproductive Propellant

The Bachelors' Realm = The Worlds
The Bachelors = Customers (like Gran'Ma'Pa)
Juggler of Gravity = Heyoka
posted by otherchaz at 7:05 PM on August 16, 2002

It's going to be hard to find outside of film festivals, but here is a related Korean film: The Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors
posted by shortfuse at 7:15 PM on August 16, 2002

Incredible links, awesome FPP. The "new blood" in MetaFilter sure is looking good!
posted by DBAPaul at 8:17 PM on August 16, 2002

I love those nutty dadaists.

Oddly enough, Duchamp always rejected the "Dada" label. In his definitive biography, Calvin Tompkin argues that this is because Duchamp had a sense of humor, while Dadaists took themselves very seriously. (I'm paraphrasing here.)

Duchamp's presence on the Web is suprisingly small. Back when I was researching him, I was suprised to find that three of the above sites (,, and are all owned by Rhonda Roland Shearer's Art Science Research Lab (ASRL). Shearer, widow of the late Stephen Jay Gould, has gotten quite a bit of flak in the traditional art history community for self-publishing her controversial theories.

Here are some handy links to Duchamp's work in galleries with Web sites:

Walker Art Center
posted by hyperizer at 10:06 PM on August 16, 2002

Oddly enough, Duchamp always rejected the "Dada" label.

I'm not surprised, but he was always thrown in with the rest of them when we came around to the Dadaists in my old art history class. It's one of my favorite art movements, right up there with Pop Art.
posted by BartFargo at 10:26 PM on August 16, 2002

I've always been more of a
Etant Donnes fan myself.
posted by lilboo at 10:33 PM on August 16, 2002

Lucky old rich Duchamp.
posted by hama7 at 11:24 PM on August 16, 2002

Lucky old rich DEAD Duchamp.
posted by darkpony at 9:54 AM on August 18, 2002

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