Q/A Bettina Funcke

Has the readymade lost its power?

"Of course the readymade has lost its power; it lost its power right after Duchamp introduced the idea. Early on, he noted: “Limit the no. of readymades yearly,” a warning to himself which reveals his intuition that the perversion and mystery of the readymade resides in a paradox. No one can simply take up the idea and repeat it. Nor, however, can one pretend that it didn’t happen…"

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BETTINA FUNCKE is a writer and editor based in New York.