Deborah Oropallo on Marcel Duchamp

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Deborah Oropallo reflects on Marcel Duchamp's Network of Stoppages (1914) in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Oropallo remarks that it "was the first painting I had ever seen that wasn’t based on representation, abstraction or observation. It was the very first conceptual painting I had ever encountered, and it engaged an entirely different thought process that I had never considered before but felt immediately drawn to. His process involved a more systematic approach to painting yet with an element of chance and irreverence to it… I always look for ways to make the process itself more random, less destination and more encounter: the chance Duchamp spoke of. The element of surprise, like a magician’s puff of smoke, is a great thing in art and I love it every time I feel it."

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