Exhibition: DUST / Histories of dust after Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp

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At the Bal until 17th January 2016

Élevage de poussière, Man Ray et Marcel Duchamp,1920, Courtesy Galerie Françoise Paviot©ADAGP, Paris 2015

Élevage de poussière, Man Ray et Marcel Duchamp,1920, Courtesy Galerie Françoise Paviot©ADAGP, Paris 2015

It all starts with an enigmatic piece. Its author? Man Ray and / or Marcel Duchamp. The subject is equally indeterminate. When this photography appeared for the first time, in 1922, it was titled “View taken from an airplane” (Vue prise d’un aéroplane). Yet in 1964, it was officially called “Dust Breeding” (Elevage de poussière).
 
Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp signed the photograph then. It represents a sheet of glass covered in dust, located in Marcel Duchamp’s New York studio. This glass sheet is known today as the “Large Glass” or “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors” (a major piece by Marcel Duchamp) – What a story!
 
Just like this key work, the exhibition “Dust” curated by David Campany, takes us to uncertain territories, oscillating between art and documentary photography. Anonymous photographs, historical documents, aerial shots and excerpts from movies explore the fields of time, space and chance. The visitor is confronted with his uncertainties; this is when everything becomes possible.
 
A beautiful exhibition that opens up many perspectives!
 

Photographe inconnu, «Après une tempête de poussière, une femme écrivant dans la poussière», Kansas City,1935, Photo de presse.

Photographe inconnu, «Après une tempête de poussière, une femme écrivant dans la poussière», Kansas City,1935, Photo de presse.

 
©John Divola, Vandalism, 1973 -1974, Courtesy of Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California

©John Divola, Vandalism, 1973 -1974, Courtesy of Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California

©John Divola, Vandalism, 1973 -1974, Courtesy of Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California

©John Divola, Vandalism, 1973 -1974, Courtesy of Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California

 

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