Title :

Men before the mirror : Duchamp, Man Ray and masculinity

Author :
HOPKINS, David ;
Publication year :
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This article examines the extent to which two of Duchamp's readymades, Fountain (1917) and the textual readymade 'Men before the mirror' (1934), deal with questions of male psychology and subjectivity. The bulk of the essay is taken up with an analysis of the complexities of 'Men before the mirror', a text which, in the past, was thought to have been appropriated by Duchamp from a female friend of Man Ray, and then signed by him using the name of his female alter ego, Rrose Sélavy. It is here argued that the authorial 'voice' in this text is, in fact, remarkably close to that of Duchamp himself, given the wider range of his thematic preoccupations. Simultaneously arguing against the view that the gender switches of Duchamp/Rrose Sélavy can be read as deconstructive of socially inscribed gender position, the article seeks to establish that the relationship of Duchamp's/Rrose's text to the photographs by Man Ray that accompany it in its original published context, reveal fundamentally masculine or 'homosocial' concerns. These in turn help to clarify the underlying dynamics of Duchamp's and Man Ray's relationship. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 ; Ecrits ; Fontaine ; France ; Man Ray, 1890-1976 ; Masculinité ; Ready-mades ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 ; Fountain ; France ; Man Ray, 1890-1976 ; Masculinity ; Ready-mades ; Writings ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Art history, 1998, 21, 3, Sept
INIST identifier :
24994804 ;
ISSN 0141-6790 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Routledge & Kegan, Henley-on-Thames
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