Listening to Art

04.12: Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm


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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume four, number twelve: In Advance of the Broken Arm by Marcel Duchamp.

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

In this issue we return to Marcel Duchamp, the greatest artist of the twentieth century. We have already heard this particular work three times in three different galleries, which is possible because when Duchamp remade the piece in 1964, based on a 1915 original, he made more than one.

Volume one, number one was recorded at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; volume one, number two at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and volume two, number five at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England. Here we return to the copy heard in the very first issue of Listening to Art.

This is a sculpture, made of wood and galvanized steel, fitting into a volume roughly 35 cm wide, 135 cm high and 12 cm deep.

Now let’s listen to In Advance of the Broken Arm by Marcel Duchamp, recorded at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa, on 16 March 2019.

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/.

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

⸻. “Marcel Duchamp, In Advance of the Broken Arm.” Listening to Art 02, no. 05 (13 January 2018). https://listeningtoart.org/02.05/.

National Gallery of Canada. “In Advance of the Broken Arm (1915, 4th version 1964).” National Gallery of Canada. https://www.gallery.ca/collection/artwork/in-advance-of-the-broken-arm.