A Survey of Artists
From Dada to Warhol
Box in a suitcase
Case with color reproductions and a photo of the Artist works. Watercolor and ink,
40.7 X 37.2 X 10.1 cm
Dada Movement: Marcel Duchamp, French artist, was a participant artist in the Dada movement or
Dadaism(1916-1922) an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century in Zürich,
Switzerland, at the Cabaret Voltaire; New York Dada began circa 1915 and after 1920 ﬂourished in Paris.
Developed in reaction to World War I, the Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected theologic,
reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality and anti-
bourgeois protest in their works
Marcel Duchamp‘s introduction of the concept of the readymade certainly was a milestone in the history of the avant-
garde, since it has profoundly changed the modernist paradigm based on the idea of originality. He kept proposing bold,
innovative and radical ideas which were not all recognized during his lifetime. It wasn’t until the post-war period that
Duchamp became saluted as an icon by the new generation of artists belonging to Neo-Dada, Fluxus, Minimalism and
a bit later Conceptualism.
From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (The
Box in a Valise)
68 miniature replicas and color reproductions of works by Ducha
mp contained in a cardboard box covered in
red leather.Edition of 75 from a complete edition of 300;
415 x 38.5 x 9.9 cm
Box in a Valise (From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy)
Leather valise containing miniature replicas, photographs, color reproductions
of works by Duchamp, and one “original" drawing [Large Glass, collotype on
celluloid, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2"
Between 1935 and 1940, Marcel
Duchamp created a deluxe edition of
twenty boxes, each in a brown leather
carrying case but with slight variations
in design and content. A later edition
consisting of six different series was
created during the 1950s and 1960s;
these eliminated the suitcase, used
different colored fabrics for the cover,
and altered the number of items
Each box unfolds to reveal pull-out
standing frames displaying Nude
Descending a Staircase and other
works, diminutive Readymades hung
in a vertical "gallery," and loose prints
mounted on paper. Duchamp included
in each deluxe box one "original."
Gift Box for Jerold Ordover: Spell Your Name with These Objects
Assorted objects in leatherette and velvet-lined box.
Fluxus was an international, interdisciplinary community of artists, composers, designers and poets during the
1960s and 1970s who engaged in experimental art performances which emphasized the artistic process over the
Fluxus edition, assembled by George Maciunas (American, 1931-1978).
Mixed media (vinyl attaché case), printed matter.
Flux Year Box 2
Designed and edited by George Maciunas, American (Kaunas, Lithuania 1931 - 1978 Boston, MA)
Published by Fluxus, American
A signature Fluxus production, is a boxed anthology of works by 17 artists that was edited and
assembled by Fluxus “chairman” George Maciunas. Fluxus artists valued a do-it-yourself aesthetic,
using whatever materials were on hand and choosing simplicity over complexity. Like all Fluxus
editions, the contents of each box vary depending on what Maciunas had available at the time.
In the spring of 1974, while in the process of moving his studio to 860 Broadway, Andy Warhol began
organizing the materials filling his studio at 33 Union Square West into standard-sized cardboard boxes he
called Time Capsules. Eventually the Time Capsules came to number more than 610, and included 40 filing
cabinet drawers and a large trunk. The Time Capsules are now a focal point of the Museum's various
collections of archival material.
Many Time Capsules contain items dating from the 1950s and earlier. One contains several books printed in
the 17th century. Other contents range from source material for Warhol's art to souvenirs he collected on his
many travels, as well as some of his films, recordings, clothing, correspondence and business-related
material. In short, nearly anything that came across his desk could find its way into a Time Capsule and
Warhol habitually kept a box beside his desk as a Time Capsule in progress. It was taped shut and dated by
an assistant when Warhol completed it. The wall of boxes behind the glass partition consists of 136 Time
At the Warhol museum, the contents of one Time Capsule are exhibited in the vitrines along the glass
partition and will be changed periodically. Other material from the archives can be seen in the vitrines in the
galleries and in the wall-mounted displays opposite the elevator and along the central hall of each floor.
The feeling gotten from opening these boxes must be beyond exciting. Taking a small glimpse into Andy’s
world, what he wished for, what he did, what he saw as important, other from what we know from all the
books and catalogues. The fortunate ones had the chance to take part in this sacred process, while the rest
of us can console in the fact that Time Capsules of pop art will be digitized and put online