Tuesday, March 29, 2011

L.H.O.O.Q.

This is a work of art by Marcel Duchamp created in 1919. This is a type of art work that Duchamp called readymades. Readymades were taking objects that are not considered art and transforming them to what he thought was art. This is a cheap postcard of the Mona Lisa in which he added a mustache and titled it "L.H.O.O.Q" which if said fast in French sounds like the sentence "Elle a chaud au cul" which translates to "She has a hot ass". When we learned about this in class on Monday I thought that this was funny and wanted to see what it looked like myself. Obviously people of Duchamp's time did not find it funny and thought that it was an attack on a famous artwork. Duchamp however, felt that readymades were not making fun of art but were forcing people to look at art from a different perspective.

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