Sunday, 9 March 2008

HOT: Duchamp, Man Ray, Picaba at Tate Modern

The pioneers of modernism still have the ability to provoke, 80 years later. Even if the only reaction is of confusion. This exhibition is quite large, and key pieces for me included Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase (a great study in movement, although I'm not sure how walking down a staircase could be more controversially mundane than lying on a bed), Duchamps' The Lovers (a geometric yet rounded nude couple, drenched in pink and with an air of glowing tenderness about them) and Picabia's Daughter Born Without Mother (basically a picture of a piece of machinery, transformed into a work evoking Eve).

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