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The Fountain Archives - FA0288 (...) FA0337, 2008-2017

Work On Paper

Grid of 9 framed documents

59.05 x 47.24 x 1.38 in

150.0 x 120.0 x 3.5 cm

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This work comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

$12,129 - $18,193
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About The Work

Fountain, the most controversial artwork in modern art history, didn’t exist for a very long time. Rejected at the Salon des artistes indépendants in 1917, it disappeared the same year, after being shown during a short time at Alfred Stieglitz’ gallery. In fact, the original artwork has become famous thanks to the photographic reproduction Alfred Stieglitz made before its disappearance. It’s this same image that was used to make the replicas under Marcel Duchamp’s supervision, in 1964. In 2008 Saâdane Afif decided to make Fountain the object of a very special collection–a collection of all the publications in which the famous ready-made has been reproduced. The Fountain Archives consist thus of a multitude of torn pages on which appears the reproduction of Fountain, each framed individually. Because of the repetition of this motive, the complete series becomes a new artwork on its own, of a contemporary view on how art history and myths of art are created.

Courtesy of mfc-michèle didier

About Saadane Afif

  • Documents included in the grid are: FA0288, FA0298, FA0300, FA0304A, FA0304B, FA0304C, FA0304D, FA0328, FA0337

  • The quoted dimensions are for the overall grid size.
  • Ships in 10 to 14 business days from Belgium.
  • This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
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