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The Oculist Witnesses poster by Marcel Duchamp

The Oculist Witnesses poster by Marcel Duchamp

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: unknown

Sheet Size: 31.5 x 23 inches


Condition: Excellent

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This poster features a photograph, taken by Richard Hamilton, of Marcel Duchamp signing “The Oculist Witnesses” 1967 glass. The poster is an offset lithograph, with a clear polyester laminate which depicts the glass, and embossed foil reproducing the silver image encased in the glass.

Duchamp had made studies for most of the sections of his monumental “The Bride stripped bare by her Bachelors even: The Large Glass”1915-23 (Collection: Philadelphia Museum of Art). In collaboration with Richard Hamilton (who had made a reconstruction of “The Large Glass” for Duchamp’s Tate exhibition in 1966) Duchamp created glass multiples of two sections for which he had not made studies: “The Oculist Witnesses” and “Sieves”. Both were produced by Petersburg Press, together with this ambitious poster.


The Artist

Marcel Duchamp

Associated with the Dada, Surrealist, Cubist, and Futurist movements, Marcel Duchamp radically subverted conventional practices of artmaking and display, challenging such weighty notions as the hand of the artist and the sanctity of the art object. Duchamp’s depiction of dynamic Cubist forms in Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 (1912) established him as a leading member of the international avant-garde. In 1913 Duchamp created Bicycle Wheel, which is considered the first of his famous readymades—minimally altered objects that are elevated to the status of art simply through the designation of the artist. Particularly in his readymades, Duchamp placed unprecedented emphasis on the artistic concept as paramount over craftsmanship or aesthetics, a guiding principle that has proved hugely influential to 20th-century artistic practice.

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