Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

The blind man / Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood ; edited by Sophie Seita

Catalog Data

Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Roché, Henri Pierre 1879-1959  Search this
Seita, Sophie (Poet)  Search this
Facsimile of (manifestation): Duchamp, Marcel 1887-1968 Blind man 1917  Search this
Physical description:
6 booklets (60 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 poster
Artists' books (books)
Smithsonian Libraries artists' books
Artists' books
"100th Anniversary Facsimile Edition"--Publisher card.
Facsimile reprint of Marcel Duchamp's influential Dada magazine, consisting of 6 booklets and 1 poster issued in cardboard slipcase.
"This box set contains facsimile editions of 'The Blind Man (Nos. 1 & 2) and 'rongwrong, ' seminal New York Dada magazines edited by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood in 1917"--Publisher.
Included: Beatrice Wood's poster for The Blind Man's Ball 1917, Man Ray's The Ridgefield Gazook (1915), a scholarly introduction by Sophie Seita, translations of the French texts by Elizabeth Zuba.
Limited facsimile edition of 1000 copies.
HMSGRU copy 39088016332330 purchased with funds from the S. Dillon Ripley Endowment.
[1-2] The Blind Man (Nos. 1 & 2) -- [3] rongwrong, seminal New York Dada magazines edited by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Woods in 1917 -- [4] The Blind Man Sees the Foundation: an introduction, New York Dada Magazines in 1917 (a scholarly introduction) by Sophie Seita -- [5] Translations: the French texts of "Blind Man" and "rongwrong" by Elizabeth Zuba -- [6] Man Ray's The Ridgefield Gazook (1915)
'The Blind Man' was a key magazine of the early 20th century, the product of a rich network of proto-Dada, modernist and other avant-garde New York salons and publications that introduced audiences to Dada in the US. Produced by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood and Henri-Pierre Roché, only two issues of the 'Blind Man' ever appeared, but these included a who's who of the New York and Paris avant-gardes: Mina Loy, Walter Conrad Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Gabrielle Buffet, Allen Norton, Clara Tice, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Charles Duncan, Erik Satie, Carl Van Vechten and Louise Norton all appeared in its pages. Allegedly, the fate of the 'Blind Man' was decided in a chess game between Roché and Picabia (who was about to put out his own Dada publication, '391'). And the magazine went out with a bang?its final issue has gone down in art history for featuring Stieglitz's iconic photograph of Duchamp's 'Fountain' and a defense of that work, seen now as perhaps the most important artwork of the 20th century.
Dadaism  Search this
Dadaist literature  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N6853.D8 B55 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries