The author also finds in Duchamp's thinking a consistent epistemological inquiry that echoes the spirit of Ch'an (Zen) teachings.
The dissertation examines more than seventy major works by Duchamp made after 1913 (including the readymades, installations, graphic designs, machine-like structures, photographs, and gestures) and discusses many of Duchamp's Notes.
By simply choosing the object (or objects) and repositioning or joining, titling and signing it, the Found object became art.
Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter and sculptor who lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century.
He is often regarded as one of the most influential artists of the age for his production of uber-abstract and unconventional pieces.
Revered as "the father of modern art," Marcel Duchamp's idea inspired many new art forms after the 1960s including Neo-Dada, Op, Pop, Mobile Sculpture, Junk Art, Assemblage, Body Art, Happening, and Conceptual Art.
Given his profound influence on contemporary and subsequent artists, Duchamp's own work remains extremely elusive and germinates all kinds of readings.
It was submitted for the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists at the Grand Central Palace in New York, but it was rejected by the committee.