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From the Green Box to Typo/Typography: Duchamp and Hamilton's dialogue in print

Thirkell, Paul


Paul Thirkell


While much has been written about Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass and accompanying 'Green Box' publication, Duchamp's engagement and consideration of printing processes to activate and enhance its content are often overlooked. Thirkell's paper considers these aspects in the context of fine art print syntax and traces Richard Hamilton's development of Duchamp's innovations to produce a major print work Typo/Topography.

The paper also links aspects of collotype printing with the current capabilities of digital printing to articulate a continuum of print creativity which flows through to the present day.

During the development of the paper Thirkell worked closely with Hamilton to produce a large format digital print. The resulting image- now in the collection of Tate Modern, and MOMA New York- was based on his lifelong research project into Duchamp's Large Glass and the working notes. As a result a paper was presented at the 2006 Institute of Physics conference Preservation and Conservation issues related to digital printing and digital photography 24-25 April 2006, Paper title Role of the Master Printer in the Digital Age


Thirkell, P. (2005, July). From the Green Box to Typo/Typography: Duchamp and Hamilton's dialogue in print. Paper presented at The Tate Research Seminar, London, UK

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name The Tate Research Seminar
Conference Location London, UK
Start Date Jul 14, 2005
End Date Jul 14, 2005
Publication Date Jul 14, 2004
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Green Box, Typo/Typography, Duchamp, Hamilton,
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Additional Information Additional Information : Paper presented as an invited Tate Lecture (14 July 2004) and published on-line:
Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : The Tate Research Seminar

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