Is this art? Marcel Duchamp, born today in 1887, challenged the definition of art itself. Bicycle Wheel, created in 1913, was Duchamp’s first Readymade, a term he created for a common object that has been slightly altered. By simply selecting prefabricated items and calling them art, Duchamp subverted notions of the artist’s craft and the viewer’s experience. What do you think of Bicycle Wheel?
[Marcel Duchamp. Bicycle Wheel. New York, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp]