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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box)

Artist:
Marcel Duchamp (American (born France), Blanville 1887–1968 Neuilly-sur-Seine)
Date:
1934
Medium:
Box containing collotype reproductions on various papers
Dimensions:
overall: 13 x 11 1/8 x 1 in. (33 x 28.3 x 2.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Anonymous gift, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.42a–vvvv
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
This edition of selected notes details the ideas and thought processes behind Duchamp's ground-breaking work The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915-23). The haphazard appearance of the box’s contents belies the care Duchamp took in its creation: he painstakingly tore collotype reproductions along the edges of custom-made templates in the shape of ninety-three notes originally written on stray scraps of paper. The results offer viewers the opportunity to become active participants in the notes’ arrangement and interpretation.
Inscription: Printed (inside box cover spine): cette boîte doit contenir 93 documents (photos, dessins et/ notes manuscrites des années 1911-15) ainsi qu'une planche en couleurs.
the artist (1934–35; his gift on February 13, 1935 to private collection); private collection, New York (from 1935; their gift to private collection); private collection, New York (their gift to private collection); private collection (until 2002; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Surrealism: Desire Unbound," February 6–May 12, 2002, not in catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001," July 19–November 27, 2011, no catalogue.

André Breton. "Phare de la Mariée." Minotaure 2 (Winter 1935), pp. 45–49 [English transl. published in "View" 5, March 1945, pp. 6–9, 13].

Robert Lebel. Marcel Duchamp. New York, 1959, pp. 14, 25, 27, 29 n. 1, pp. 31–32, 45, 66–67, 69, 73, 81, 88, 92–94, 173, 183, no. 166.

Marcel Duchamp. The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even: A Typographic Version by Richard Hamilton of Marcel Duchamp's "Green Box". New York, 1960.

Marcel Duchamp. Notes and Projects for "The Large Glass". Ed. Arturo Schwarz. New York, 1969.

Calvin Tomkins. Duchamp: A Biography. New York, 1996, pp. 1–14, 98, 112, 127–28, 131, 160, 162, 202, 276, 297–98, 300–301, 316, 346, 357, 363, 391, 402–5, 413, 433, 444, 455, 457, 463.

Arturo Schwarz. The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp. 3rd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1969). New York, 1997, vol. 1, pp. 5–6, 47–48, 116, 130, 157, 174, 192, 194, 201, 223, 228, 242; vol. 2, pp. 723–25, no. 435, ill.



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