Alchemist of the Avant-Garde

Alchemist of the Avant-Garde

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A fascinating book demonstrating the influence of alchemy and esoteric traditions on the mature art of Marcel Duchamp.Prominent discussions of esoteric dream states, even somnambulisma€”itself pointing to automatism as a helpful aid to artis- tic ... Edward Carpenter, Claude Bragdon, Frederick W. H. Myers, P. D. Ouspensky, among others.46 The ultimate source of all this ... is sufficient to recall his central question, a€œCan not the dream also be used in solving the fundamental questions of life? ... 48 Chance (le hasard) also figures large in Bretona#39;s method, just as it does in Duchampa#39;s (see chapter 7).

Title:Alchemist of the Avant-Garde
Author:John F. Moffitt
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-02-01


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