Artibus et Historiae no. 29 (XV)

1994, ISSN 0391-9064

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SEYMOUR HOWARD - Hidden Naos: Duchamp Labyrinths

Labyrinthine references in With Hidden Noise and implied by viewers' eroticized, life-enhancing "readings" of it reveal messages found there and in other intimately related Hermetic works by Marcel Duchamp and his colleagues. Aspects of popular and esoteric culture, sciences, fine arts, literature, music, psychology, and fashion, as well as temporal idiosyncracies of biography, bore decisively upon Duchamp's selection and identification of "readymades" and related works, contributing to their form and significance, whether presented as images or in words. This investigation heips to expose otherwise enigmatic core elements latent (by intention and by chance) in these multilayered designs, which elicit proliferating associations.

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