To Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, Artist, Tool and Die Maker
William T. Wiley
MATERIAL: metal: steel, stainless
DIMENSIONS: chain: 6 ft; diameter sphere: 29 in; overall: 84 in x 112 in x 90 in; pyramid: 6 ft x 6 ft x 7 ft
CREDIT: Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Original Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sabol
© Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: Ken Ek
William T. Wiley developed his pivotal direction as an artist in the late sixties while on the faculty at the University of California, Davis. In 1968, while living for brief period in Northern New Jersey, Wiley dedicated “To Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968, Tool and Die Maker” to Duchamp on the news of artist’s death. Duchamp’s philosophy on art, his questions about the function of art, its social value, and his glorification of everyday objects such as the bottle and the urinal had greatly impacted Wiley as a young artist.