Saturday, November 10, 2007

Found Aboriginal Art - Readymade

The term "Readymade Art" can be traced to the French artist, Marcel Duchamp whose work in 1917 titled, "Fountain" changed the world of twentieth century art. It was basically a urinal placed at an exhibition.

Yet, objects of any kind can have a presence of symmetry, beauty and power if considerable thought is behind it. As with these aboriginal stone discs, shields and war clubs, they are arranged to evoke a sort of tribal honor. In itself, the formation of these objects are an art installation. The weapons circumvent the entrance door, and the ceiling of a colonial building is eclipsed by the Bird of Paradise.

Postcard - New Guinea 1889

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