Comparison of the Art of Warhol and Duchamp

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Comparison of the Art of Warhol and Duchamp
On the surface, Andy Warhol’s
Brillo
box and Marcel Duchamp’s bottle-rack ready-mades appear to be expressions of almost exactly similar ideas, methods of working, and artistic statements. Consider, first, the two works side by side:
Figure 1
Warhol’s
Brillo
and Duchamp’s bottle rack
Warhol
Duchamp
Duchamp’s 1914 work seems to anticipate and complement Warhol’s. Both the
Brillo
pad and the bottle rack are industrially produced objects of utility—the last items that, before the revolution in art that began in the early twentieth art, anyone would take for art (it should be noted that, although Warhol occasionally reproduced the
Brillo
box in his art, he was also known to present the
Brillo
box as...
The end:
.....very different claims on the spectator. Whereas Duchamp tacitly invites us to mirror his process and put aside taste, Warhol never had taste in the first place; we cannot follow him in either aesthetic or political terms, only marvel at his endless quality of emptiness.
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Warhol, Andy.
Brillo
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