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Deluxe Box, images of Andy Warhol filiming Marcel Duchamp at the opening of his Cordier & Ekstrom Exhibition
Nat Finkelstein, 16 Jan 1933 - 2 Oct 2009
Marcel Duchamp, 28 Jul 1887 - 2 Oct 1968
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
Chromolithograph on paper
Case Open: 31.8 x 63.5 x 6.4cm (12 1/2 x 25 x 2 1/2")
Image: 11.3 × 8.7 cm (4 7/16 × 3 7/16")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the estate of Nat Finkelstein
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Warhol Filming Duchamp, Deluxe Box represents Nat Finkelstein's response to Andy Warhol's February 1966 screen test of Marcel Duchamp, which he photographed in progress. Warhol Filming Duchamp pays homage to Duchamp's Green Box-a series of notes that accompanied his Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass). Finkelstein, in collaboration with Eric Schneyderman, created his own box, including his photographs, furled contact sheets, and the issue of the journal Étant Donné Marcel Duchamp in which Finkelstein's account of the evening appears. Also present is an altered photograph of Warhol à la Mona Lisa, a reference to Duchamp's famous L.H.O.O.Q. Finkelstein's poem "weird wedding," attributed to Rrose Sélavy, playfully alludes to the artistic "union" between Warhol and Duchamp, in a parody of the narrative of frustrated desire developed in The Large Glass.