The butts in the left window at ATA are meant to remind us of Duchamp’s 1917 “The Fountain” a urinal turned into art and for some a turning point in modern art. Art wasn’t just about paintings and sculpture, but about concepts – turning something on its head and making us look at it differently.
ATA’s window is also a reminder that the de Young has a new show up, Modernism from the National Gallery.
If you want to know more about Mission Art History and the ATA, click here.
And, if you’re interested in a great read on the Duchamp story and modern art, look at this review in the Guardian and consider buying or borrowing Will Gompertz, What are You Looking At, 150 Years of Modern Art.