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Duchamp's Last Day (Ekphrasis)


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Donald Shambroom is a visual artist, writer, curator, and videographer whose work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 1973, after graduating from Yale University where he studied philosophy and painting, Shambroom moved to Boston to pursue his career as a painter. Shambroom's interest in Marcel Duchamp began in 1969, when he read Calvin Tomkins's The World of Marcel Duchamp in highschool. His essays have appeared in Weltkunst (Duchamp's Last Readymade, 2014), CFile (A Urinal Called Fountain, 2017), and Tout-Fait (Marcel Duchamp and Glass, 1999 and Leonardo's Optics Through the Eyes of Duchamp: A Note on the Small Glass, 2000). He produced "Common Screech Owl, a Miller's River Story" (2013), a multi-media natural history installation, and "The Garnet Cabinet" (2012), a meditation on crystal structure. Shambroom's work has been shown at Francis Naumann gallery and Half Gallery in New York, and at Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. For the past decade, he has lived and worked on the banks of the Millers River in north central Massachusetts. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a French-American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art, and Dada. One of his best-known pieces is a urinal, titled Fountain and signed 'R. Mutt', which he submitted to an exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York in 1917. In 1963, on the fiftieth anniversary of his 1913 Armory Show, Duchamp said, "In the end it comes down to doubting 'to be' ... " Beginning with the original exhibition's Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2 (1912), a stationary painting that appeared to move, he proceeded to work patiently, often out of sight, on a fifty-year project to change, then eliminate any stable definition of the man-made concept of "art." Duchamp remains one of the single most influential artists of the twentieth century


"Donald Shambroom's Duchamp's Last Day catalogs the many connections between life and art at Duchamp's final dinner party. Consistently intelligent and idiosyncratic." --David Starkey "Santa Barbara Independent"

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