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Lukas Enkhjargal

Thesis: Thinking of Glass Through Its Demateriality: A Critical Examination of the Centrality of Glass in the Duchampian Legacy in Post-1915 Artistic Practice

Supervisors: Dr Johnathan Vickery and Professor Michael Hatt


BFA (New York University)

MA (University of Warwick)


My thesis uncovers how American artist Marcel Duchamp actively pursued the dematerialization of glass by investigating his three collections of notes: The Box of 1914; The Green Box (1934); The White Box (1964), in addition to his three physical works in glass: Glider Containing a Water Mill in Neighboring Metals (1913-15, Philadelphia Museum of Art); To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour (1918, Museum of Modern Art); The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (1915-23, Philadelphia Museum of Art). By mapping out the various conceptual schemas of the dematerialized Duchampian glass derived from these works, this thesis first problematizes the institutional narrativization of the history of glass presented by museums such as the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, and then re-imagines the history of post-1915s art with glass in mind.