Phenomenology is the new black

The Bride and the Bachelors


picture of subway Chiswick

copyright: Sonia York-Pryce



This exhibition currently running at the Barbican Centre, London until June 9th 2013.

It is a must for all devotees of the father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp – partnered with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg you have a ‘kick ass’ show that exemplifies: everything old is new everything new is old!  Here, Duchamp is displayed in conjunction with the fab 4 dipping, diving, and interacting with these gracious post-war masters. Add to the mix live dance performances during the weekends and selected Thursday nights with dancers from London Contemporary Dance School alongside assistance from Richard Alston Dance Company strutt their Cunningham stuff – it is an incredible mix of the visual and the performing arts. There are opportunities to watch Cunningham’s works revised in good company alongside Rauschenberg’s (he was Resident Advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company form 1954-64)  sets and costumes for the company, plus Jasper Johns paintings. Through this collaboration/participation it attracted many other artists of the moment, such as Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris and Andy Warhol. John Cage’s scores featured highly in Cunningham’s works, indeed one cannot think of the latter without the former, such a dynamic partnership. Through this collaboration they proceeded to shock and amaze their audiences with their extraordinary vision and one can only assume how exciting the beginnings at Black Mountain College in North Carolina were. There are exhibits of Cage’s score notes which give a beautiful insight into his musical mind ramblings and give the viewer an insight into the human side of creating, little nuances here and then add to the beauty of something that had never expected to be exhibited. Lets not forget that to the FOUR Duchamp was an incredible influence and he turn was flattered by a renewed interest in his earlier works – the avant-garde embraced the new!

Imaginary Landscape No. 5 (1952) by John Cage


The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

Mise en scène by Philippe Parreno

14 February 2013 – 9 June 2013
Art Gallery

There is something for everybody here, music, painting, readymades, sculpture, dance, film, a rich plethora – go see!









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