Marcel Duchamp

Duchamp, Marcel

französischer Künstler (1887-1968). Autograph letter signed. New-York. 8vo. 1 p. Mit eigenh. Kuvert.
$ 8,457 / 7.500 € (44296)

Letter to his friend and fellow artist Marcel Marien, telling him to write to two key figures of the New York museums. In part (translated from the French original): “Regarding Mr. Messer he awaits your letter and you will likely be asked to come and see: Mr. Messer, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, New York NY. Regarding Mr. Seitz he will answer your letter if you write it: Mr. Seitz, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd street, New York City.” - In fine condition.

Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Duchamp’s hand. - Marcel Marien (1920–1993) was a Belgian surrealist writer, essayist, poet, editor, but also a photographer, filmmaker, and creator of collages and unusual objects. This letter presents a number of outstanding associations in the modern art scene—Thomas Messer was the longtime director of the Guggenheim Museum, serving for 27 years from 1961 to 1988 (thus far the longest tenure of any director of the city’s major art institutions). Seitz was the curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture Exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art from 1960 to 1970; he was both a studio artist and historian, bridging the divide between academic criticism and the practice of studio art. He was largely responsible for raising the study of contemporary art to an academic discipline. Marien only lived in New York for a single year, and in 1963 set out for Communist China to work as a translator on the French edition of the magazine China Under Construction. A truly exquisite and historically intriguing piece connecting the movers-and-shakers of the art world during this period..

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