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What is the sculpture from 1917 that sparked a controversial ongoing argument?

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D. gray

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Answered Jan 04, 2021

The 1917 sculpture that sparked a controversial argument is the Marcel Duchamp “Fountain.” Duchamp submitted a Porcelain urinal “R.Mutt 1917 as a “readymade” sculpture, which was rejected by a group called the Society of Independent Artists.

This group was regarded as the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 world professional artists. The sculpture was rejected even though Duchamp was a cofounder. The sculpture was an upside-down urinal because they believe the piece of work cannot be art.

The piece of work has caused controversy on what art is. People believe the item is a work of art because of the effort Duchamp put into it.

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Answered Jan 03, 2021

The correct answer to this question is Duchamp's Urinal. This sculpture is also known as the Fountain. The controversy around this sculpture began in 1917. On April 19th of that year, Marcel Duchamp submitted a piece of his art to The Society of Independent Artist.

Many were surprised by the art that Duchamp decided to bring. The art that he submitted was an urinal that was upside down. The Society of Independent Artist rejected his work, claiming that the urinal was not art. Duchamp was upset about the decision and left the association. As years have gone by, many have argued whether it should be considered art or not

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Answered Dec 22, 2020

The main sculpture that became controversial at that time is “The Urinal” also known as “The Fountain.” This was created by Marcel Duchamp. There are a lot of people who questioned if this is an art because people thought that this was too “forward” at that time.

Some even said that they feel that the way that it was made was not very traditional especially considering the type of art that was popular at that time. The artwork shows something that is original but still very much realistic which may be new to people then. A lot of people still say that this has changed the way that art is played.

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Answered Dec 21, 2020

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Answered Dec 18, 2020

The sculpture from 1917 that sparked a controversial ongoing argument was the Duchamp's Urinal known as Fountain. The story about this ongoing controversy in the world of arts started on April 9th, 1917, when Marcel Duchamp decided to submit a piece of artwork. The Society of Independent Artist, of which Marcel Duchamp was a member, told people to submit their artworks.

Marcel Duchamp did as announced and brought an upside-down urinal. The association rejected the fountain, claiming the item brought by Marcel Duchamp cannot be considered as an artwork. Marcel Duchamp, who was a member of this association, showed his displeasure about the decision to reject his artwork by leaving the association.

However, people have argued about why the fountain submitted by Marcel Duchamp should be considered as an artwork. Due to the effort of Marcel Duchamp, ready-mades are now being considered works of art, though many people still think otherwise.

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John Smith

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Answered Jan 25, 2017

The Urinal (or Fountain) by Marcel Duchamp 1917

Marcel Duchamps Urinal (or Fountain) of 1917 epitomized the question what is art? In December 2004, Duchamps Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals. The Independent noted in a February 2008 article that with this single work, Duchamp invented conceptual art and severed forever the traditional link between the artists labour and the merit of the work. Jerry Saltz wrote in The Village Voice in 2006: Duchamp adamantly asserted that he wanted to de-deify the artist. The readymades provide a way around inflexible either-or aesthetic propositions. They represent a Copernican shift in art. Fountain is whats called an acheropoietoi, [sic] an image not shaped by the hands of an artist. Fountain brings us into contact with an original that is still an original but that also exists in an altered philosophical and metaphysical state. It is a manifestation of the Kantian sublime: A work of art that transcends a form but that is also intelligible, an object that strikes down an idea while allowing it to spring up stronger. The prices for replicas, editions, or works that have some ephemeral trace of Duchamp reached its peak with the purchase of one of the 1964 replicas of Fountain from the 1964 edition of eight, for $1.7 million at Sotheby's in November 1999. (source: Saltz, Jerry (2006-02-21). Idol Thoughts: The glory of Fountain, Marcel Duchamps ground-breaking moneybags piss pot. The Village Voice.

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