FOR-EVER

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Young American Girl In A State Of Nudity-Francis Picabia 1915
A cynical statement on the mechanization of desire and sexuality, Francis Picabia’s Proto-Dada illustration was first published in Alfred Stieglitz’s magazine 291. Employing the style of commercial graphics found in trade magazines to downplay any notion of a highbrow and bourgeois art, the line drawing of a spark plug takes on a new meaning with the deeply ironical title.

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31 thoughts on “FOR-EVER

  1. Picabia’s, “Young American Girl In A State Of Nudity” has so many wonderful implications. I’m rather surprised it wasn’t banned, although maybe, just maybe the many meanings behind it was completely over looked by “those in charge” and view only as a spark plug. Thank you Mr. Cake, a wonderful post. ~ Miss Cranes

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      1. I’m sure there is a method to the madness, either Lee Miller or Yves Tanguy. Well it could be a “Dreams of Desire” too. Hmm… I guess I will have to be surprised. (Looking forward to more about Yves.)

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  2. Hi Cake, I especially love this post today. As I am reminiscing about a love that was supposed to be ‘for-ever’. Alas, nothing is forever…not a spark plug, not love…not sex. I suppose art is though…that is how we are able to enjoy what you are showing us here.

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    1. Picabia was French with Spanish and Cuban roots but along with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray was a prime instigator of New York Dada. He liked fast cars, women, gambling, drugs and was generally louche, cynical and nihilistic. I like him a lot.

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  3. Picabia was French with Spanish and Cuban roots but along with Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray was a prime instigator of New York Dada. Women couldn’t resist his devil may care attitude

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