29 April 2010


ARRIVALS II


MARCEL DUCHAMP, LA TONSURE, 1919, ManRay

THIS PHOTO OF MARCEL DUCHAMP WEARING A COMET SHAPED TONSURE WAS TAKEN IN PARIS SHORTLY AFTER DUCHAMP'S RETURN FROM ARGENTINA IN 1919. HIS DADA GESTURE WHICH WAS PROMPTED PARTLY BY A HEAD LICE INFESTATION BACK IN BUENOS AIRES UNDOUBTEDLY HAD ANTICLERICAL UNDERTONES , AS TONSURE IS A PRELIMINARY TO BECOME A PRIEST OR A MEMBER OF A MONASTIC ORDER. ARTURO SCHWARZ, " THE COMPLETE WORKS OF MARCEL DUCHAMP "

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