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Ready-Made

This term is used to describe a piece of art made out of already existing objects used in daily parlance. The object use in the work was first done by Marcel Duchamp in 1913 Bicycle Wheel. When the use value of the object is removed and designated as the status of art, the dimensions of art is pushed. The object so, is designed in the work as it is, without any modification. The work becomes an act of designing the piece as opposed to creating a sculptural piece from scratch. This is deemed as one of the most radical and avant-garde moments of art history. Life size works by Subodh Gupta made from utensils, Bharti Kher's use of the Bindi, are all readymade works in Indian art context.

Further Reading

MOMA, Ready-Mades


Marcel Duchamps, Bicycle, 1915.