rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is less of a book than it is an extension of Duchamp's masterwork The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, sometimes known as The Large Glass. This book is a typographical version of the box of notes that Duchamp created as a supplemental multiple of the piece, and like the piece that inspired it, it is open-ended, cryptic and, to me at least, bears repeated scrutiny. I'll be coming back to this book again, now that I know it is safely ensconced in the library, hidden among the art glass and bottle collector books.
What I did walk away with is the statement that The Large Glass is a "delay in glass," implying that the images are less permanent on the structure as they are momentarily trapped. This sense of impermanence feeds into the use of dust as a pigment, the use of glass as a medium, even the nature of glass itself (the debate whether glass is a slow-moving liquid or a solid). Like the piece it supports, it offers a continuation of the work's competing logic and mystery, and that is what I look for in art.
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