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HIS COMMON SENSE: MARCEL DUCHAMP

CAN YOU MAKE a thing have common sense?

Is this the best question?

If common sense has a form, it must be shown; if it is a sign of consensus, there must Be some agreement; if it is a solid meaning, is it a reference, like an object or a concept?

Common sense is not something that we know, only something that we think we know or thought we had.

A green and yellow basket.

A-tisket.

A-tasket.

“Can one make works that are not «[works] of art»?”1

Duchamp is speaking or, rather, writing himself a note, an early one for the Large Glass (1915-23). A defining note that many have brushed by, ignored in favor of the more arcane, the higher sciences, the words that seem to align themselves with the key words of late psychoanalysis, or deconstruction, or math. And yet it is to the note’s idea that Duchamp came back in the long series of interviews with Pierre Cabanne some fifty years later. Cabanne had wanted

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