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the glorious accident

January 27, 2010

[TheDailyBeast] The godfather of Dada, Marcel Duchamp, took it in stride when one of his masterpieces The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even was cracked while being transported from Brooklyn to Connecticut in the 1930s. Known as The Large Glass, the work was permanently cracked, but Duchamp, who believed in letting chance play a role in his art, decided he loved the accident. “The more I look at it the more I like the cracks: They are not like shattered glass,” he said. “They have a shape. There is a symmetry in the cracking, the two crackings are symmetrically arranged and there is more, almost an intention there, an extra—a curious intention that I am not responsible for, a ready-made intention, in other words, that I respect and love.” (more)

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