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Apolinère Enameled (Apolinère émaillé)

Marcel Duchamp challenged traditional definitions of art with his controversial readymades, produced between 1913 and 1921. The readymades were mass-produced items, some slightly altered, that Duchamp presented as works of art. In 1964, Duchamp and his Milan dealer Arturo Schwarz produced a limited edition of replicas of the original readymades, most of which had been lost.

Duchamp modified the wording in this advertisement for Sapolin Enamel, a commercial paint, to reference his friend, the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

Marcel Duchamp
French (active in the United States), 1887‒1968
Apolinère Enameled (Apolinère émaillé)
1964 authorized replica edition (original 1916-17)
Pencil and paint on tin and cardboard
Edition 2/8
9 ¼ x 13 ¼ in. (23.5 x 33.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. Arne H. Ekstrom, 71.96

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