Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled
Collage and drawing on black cardboard
23,5 × 26,5 cm
Unique collage in a series of 20 motifs, signed by the artist
This collage comes with a copy of Marcel Duchamp's publication Opposition and Sister Squares Reconciled
about this work
This edition is part of Salon Verlag’s Ex Libris Series, for which they invite an artist to reprint their ‘favourite’ book. Each re-printed book comes with a special artist designed cover or dust jacket. These publications cover various disciplines – including medicine, physics, literature, philosophy, travel, art history and urban planning – and provide insight into the creative backgrounds of the invited artist. Of every book, Salon Verlag makes a limited collector’s edition that comes with limited edition print or unique artwork.
Marcel Dzama says “I have chosen to have Marcel Duchamp‘s book re-printed quite simply because I love both Duchamp and chess. In it‘s original printing it didn’t fare too well selling-wise and Duchamp apparently had a closet full of the books which he gifted to friends whenever they came over to his home. Regarding the book‘s failure to sell he has been quoted as saying, “..that the problem it poses, only comes up once in a lifetime even for chess masters.” I also like this quote by Ernst Strouhal, Opposition and Sister Squares is an artist‘s book for chess players and a chess book for artists.”
about Marcel Dzama
Since the late 1990s, Marcel Dzama has developed an immediately recognizable visual language that investigates human action and motivation, as well as the blurred relationship between the real and the subconscious. Drawing equally from folk vernacular as from art-historical and contemporary influences, Dzama’s work visualizes a universe of childhood fantasies and otherworldly fairy tales.
(courtesy of David Zwirner)