Thursday, September 8, 2016

Broken and Restored

Broken and Restored Multiplication by Suzanne Duchamp,
1918-19, oil and silver paper on canvas
Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago 
"Broken and Restored Multiplication is filled with visual and verbal metaphors of disorder and breakage: at the center, a schematic Eiffel Tower is turned upside down; just below it, a modern cityscape is reflected in its mirror image. The phrases that run up and down along the surface of the picture further the idea of order upended: The mirror would shatter, the scaffolding would totter, the balloons would fly away, the stars would dim, etc. Such images and words seemed fitting for the artists who embraced Dada, a cultural movement that emerged in response to WWI." - The Art Institute of Chicago