During the winter of 2008 2009, the city of Buenos Aires hosted the first exhibition devoted to Marcel Duchamp held in Argentina, meant, essentially, to commemorate the artists nine-month sojourn there in 1918 19.
The Barerstrasse in Munich, ca. 1910 (the building in which Duchamp rented a room--no. 65--is just hidden from view on the right)." />
In my four decades working in New York as an art historian, teacher and art dealer, I never imagined that racist politics and white supremacist viewpoints could contaminate my profession.
In 1979, I learned that the archives of author Henri-Pierre Roché (1879 1959) were in the collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) at the University of Texas at Austin.
The notion of what constitutes a work of art is as old as the concept of art itself. We were under the impression that we had it all figured out until the early years of the 20th century, when, adopting a pseudonym, a 29-year-old French artist submitted a commercially manufactured object to an art exhibition in New York and forced us to ask the question all over again.