Cycle September is here, and there’s only one thing for it – look at some books on bicycle design or consider how the bicycle can be a work of art. Marcel Duchamp managed famously with one of his first readymades ( ‘an object removed from its conventional context and reframed or otherwise slightly modified to become an artwork’ , Taylor, V.E. and Winquist, C.E. (2001) Encyclopedia of Postmodernism, Routledge Via Credo Reference on the library catalogue) ‘Bicycle Wheel’.
To find out more about Duchamp, you can search our library catalogue for books (including e-books that can be read on your desktop or mobile device, with your university login), and DVDS; or try one of the e-resources available (key Fine Art related databases are listed here) for journal articles, images, tv programmes and more, again login with your university login when prompted. If you need help using any of these databases contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for your subject. To see some Duchamps in real life, The Royal Academy will be hosting an exhibition opening in October, which explores the relationship between Duchamp and Dali.
Alternatively you can come and see the book display in in Aldgate library with a bicycle theme!