Duchamp’s Fountain Attack

The Village Voice has an interesting article up about lunatics that enjoy destroying important art. It talks about how it has been going on for a long time, with religious fanatics believing that God doesn’t like art, especially art that’s good enough to worship.

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“God may or may not be displeased with Pierre Pinoncelli, the 77-year-old French performance artist who on January 4 took a hammer to Duchamp’s famous urinal, Fountain, in the Dada show at the Pompidou Center. As with most bad artists, Mr. Pinoncelli was repeating himself. In 1993 he urinated into Fountain and then damaged it. Fountain, recently voted “The Most Influential Artwork of the 20th Century” by over 500 British art professionals, turned art on its head, set many of the innovations of the last 100 years in motion, and has rankled viewers ever since.” Village Voice
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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Marcel Duchamp is one of the dullest artists around.. he made it ligitimate to be lazy.
    The Duchamp toilet should of remained in the mens room.

  2. I like Nude Descending A Staircase so much that I did a photo collage with it.For those of you who like his work tell what you think.Find it at edmondewell.com Plans And Dreams.French art is the path I follow.

  3. l o l l i says:

    Urinals aren’t all that attractive in a gallery, but I have to admit, it’s a work of genius and simplicity. Duchamp has helped shape the art world we live in today.
    Besides mr/miss anonymous, I don’t think Duchamp intended to be serious about an upturned, dodgy urinal. It’s simply a statement testing the boundaries of art. Wouldn’t hurt to be a little different from the rest.

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