On View through January 13, 2013
Visitors to the Nasher Sculpture Center this fall will be able to see the newest addition to the museum’s collection: Fountainhead, a beautifully produced oversized artists’ book. A gift of the Art Foundation, Fountainhead was inspired by one of the great conceptual gestures of modern art. In 1917, Marcel Duchamp, using the pseudonym R. Mutt, submitted a porcelain urinal as a work of art to an exhibition supposedly open to all. Its rejection prompted Duchamp to issue a statement that laid the foundation not only for Conceptual Art, but also for art that embraces everyday objects:
“Whether Mr. Mutt with his own hands made the fountain or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an ordinary article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under a new title and point of view – created a new thought for that object.”
In the ensuing scandal, Fountain disappeared, its existence documented only by photographs (until being replicated by Duchamp on several occasions, many years later). The Art Foundation’s founding members – Joshua Goode, Ryder Richards, Lucia Arbery Simek and Andrew Douglas Underwood – had the inspired idea to return to this “fountainhead” of contemporary art by soliciting the alteration of various photographs of Fountain, by a number of local and international artists. Their imaginative efforts render an iconic image of the past a newly vibrant part of the present.
Artists include: Frances Bagley (Dallas), Jesse Morgan Barnett (Dallas), Laetitia Benat (Paris, FR), Richie Budd (Fort Worth), Rebecca Carter (Dallas), Steve Cruz (Dallas), Matt Cusick (Dallas), Laura Doughtie (Dallas), Erika Duque (Fort Worth), Celia Eberle (Dallas), Cassandra Emswiler (Dallas), Teresa Gomez-Martorell (Barcelona, SP), Brenton Good (Harris, Pennsylvania), Sara Hignite (Dallas), Kelly Lynn Jones (San Francisco, CA), Gerald Lopez (Corpus Christi, TX), Stephanie Madewell (Brooklyn, NY), Sam Matineau (Brooklyn, NY), Lindsay McCulloch (Washington, DC), Ruben Nieto (Dallas), Tom Orr (Dallas), Sara Pringle (Brooklyn, NY), Teresa Rafidi (Dallas), Adam Raymont (Berlin), Enrico Riley (Vermont), Gregory Ruppe (Fort Worth), Gretchen Schermerhorn (Washington, DC), Shawn Smith (Austin, TX), Ian F. Thomas (Slippery Rock, PA), Karen Weiner (Dallas), Jonathan Whitfill (Lubbock, TX), and Zero (location unknown).
Frances Bagley, (R Mutt) Brighter, From The Art Foundation, Fountainhead, 2012. Bound, hardcover book of 32 original lithographs by 32 artists. 40 x 40 in. (101.6 x 101.6 cm). Nasher Sculpture Center, gift of The Art Foundation. Photo: Andrew Douglas Underwood
The pages of Fountainhead
will be turned periodically during the run of its exhibition.
The entire book can be viewed online at The Art Foundation website