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Fountain 17 - Exhibition: Fountain 17, Humber St, Gallery, Hull (April 1st - May 14th 2017)

posted on 2021-03-29, 07:15 authored by Paul Minott
Celebrating the centenary of Duchamp's Fountain (1917) and bicentenary of Armitage Shanks (1817), Fountain 17 was a touring exhibition of works by artists invited to respond to Duchamp's iconic readymade, debuting at Hull’s Humber Street Gallery in 2017. Minott contributed two artworks, an essay and a lecture to Fountain 17, and projects and texts stemming from Minott’s extensive Duchamp research are also documented, including Minott’s film The Oculist’s Dentist.

This item contains documentation of the initial Fountain 17 exhibition at Humber St, Gallery, Hull (April 1st - May 14th 2017), including images of Minott's two works, a catalogue essay, lecture, and documentation of the subsequent exhibition at the Gladstone Pottery Museum.

Both Minott's works, The Bride Stripped Barr (2016) and The Genuine Bears This Signature (More Sustaining Than Meat) (2016), were shown at the Fountain 17 Exhibition at the Humber Street Gallery in Hull supported by Hull UK City of Culture and Arts Council England. The Fountain 17 exhibition received over 7,000 visitors.

An essay included in the exhibition catalogue entitled Marcel Duchamp and Graphic Design (2017) set out to achieve two objectives. The first half of the essay provided an overview of how graphic design has enhanced the understanding and appeal of Duchamp’s work, from the first interpretive works by Richard Hamilton in 1960, to the present day. The second objective was to argue that Duchamp might be regarded as a proto graphic designer himself. The opening programme included a public lecture, Fountain: a delay in porcelain (2017) which sought to challenge the misconception that in 1917 Fountain represented a sudden turning point in the development of avant-garde art, by providing evidence that Duchamp carefully engineered its scandalous reputation over half a century.

The Fountain 17 exhibition also toured to Clerkenwell Design Week (23rd - 25th May 2017), and Gladstone Pottery Museum (October - November 2017, flyer included here), as part of the Stoke Biennial.

Images courtesy of the artist. Used with permission.

Exhibition flyers and catalogue essay included courtesy of the Hull School of Art & Design and the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture.

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