Is this art?
It is the centenary of Duchamp’s The Fountain, the already-made, or “ready-made”, urinal, which launched the 20th century’s controversial obsession with conceptual art.
Art critic Estelle Lovatt and art historian Glynn Thompson discuss the story behind the piece and whether or not it should be considered a work of art.
(Image: The Fountain. Credit: Getty Images)
Broadcast: Sat 8 Apr 2017 on BBC Radio 4
Newport Street Gallery in London presents ‘Now’ a solo exhibition of work by American artist Jeff Koons spanning 35 years.
Estelle Lovatt is an Art Critic: “The childhood sculptures are trying to take us right back to our earliest form of communication, how we sculpt with play doh or plasticine. You know it’s wonderful, how we touch and feel, messy play, and it’s trying to get rid of our inhibitions, it’s also trying to say; ‘Listen, everything and anything is art’.”
Jeff Koons: ‘Now’, runs from 18 May 2016 to 16 Oct 2016 and contains sexually explicit material.
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