An installation view of works made in homage to Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 “Fountain,” at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art. Credit Philip Greenberg for The New York Times
FRANCIS M. NAUMANN FINE ART One hundred years ago this month, Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” — his urinal-as-sculpture and his most transgressive readymade — was ejected from the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York City. That artists ever since have redone and rethought Duchamp’s revolution in porcelain is hardly news. Nonetheless, it’s a lark to see some of the sometimes dubious results: neckties, wallpaper and a building-size mock-up that was burned at Burning Man. Some card-carrying Duchampians are here, among them Sherrie Levine, Richard Pettibone and Mike Bidlo, and no one is more credentialed than Francis M. Naumann himself, one of our great scholar-art dealers, whose knowledge of Duchamp may be unequaled.
- Roberta Smith