Listening to Art

02.05: Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm


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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume two, number five: In Advance of the Broken Arm by Marcel Duchamp.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

In this issue I am delighted to return again to a work by Marcel Duchamp, the greatest artist of the twentieth century.

This is third recording of Duchamp’s In Advance of the Broken Arm. The first, in volume one, number one, was recorded at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The second, in volume one, number two, was done at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This was recorded at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, but the work itself was on loan from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome.

In Advance of the Broken Arm was first done in 1915, but like the other two we’ve heard this is from the 1964 edition.

This is a sculpture, made of wood and galvanized steel, fitting into a volume roughly 34 cm wide, 132 cm high and 15 cm deep.

Now let’s listen to In Advance of the Broken Arm by Marcel Duchamp, recorded at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, England, on 21 December 2017.

Waveform of the field recording.

That was In Advance of the Broken Arm by Marcel Duchamp. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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Bibliography

All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Denton, William. “Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm.” Listening to Art 01, no. 01 (15 May 2017). https://listeningtoart.org/01.01/.

Denton, William. “Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm.” Listening to Art 01, no. 02 (01 June 2017). https://listeningtoart.org/01.02/.

Royal Academy of Arts. “Royal Academy of Arts.” Royal Academy of Arts. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/.

Tomkins, Calvin. Duchamp: A Biography. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2014.

Wikipedia, s.v. “Marcel Duchamp,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Duchamp.