Seaside Surrealist's toilet humour inspires Fleet Street's finest
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Where better to celebrate the legacy of Marcel Duchamp than in the loo?
The Surrealist who elevated the urinal into a work of art is being celebrated in Herne Bay, Kent, this weekend with an exhibition of cartoons in the town’s public lavs and pub toilets.
Duchamp spent the summer of 1913 at Herne Bay chaperoning his sister Yvonne as she studied English.
To mark the centenary of his visit, 40 Fleet Street cartoonists have contributed to a show inspired by the artist’s postcard message to a friend: “I am not dead. I am in Herne Bay”.
Some, including prints by the Independent’s Dave Brown will be displayed in the Odyssey Gallery, while others, including a series by Radar’s resident cartoonist Birch will be hung above urinals or “readymade Marcel Duchamp-style Fountains” around town.
See iamnotdead.co.uk for details.
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