A century of the readymade

Duchamp’s influence is in evidence at the fair, but can today’s artists reimagine his idea?

One hundred years after Marcel Duchamp invented the readymade, his influence reverberates around Art Basel. Overt references include the late Elaine Sturtevant’s Duchamp Porte Bouteilles, 1993, suspended from the ceiling at Galerie Hans Mayer (2.0/E8). The work, which sold to a private collector for €60,000, is a replica of, and homage to, Duchamp’s first pure readymade, Bottle Dryer, 1914, which the artist bought from a Parisian department store.


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