Manual of Instructions: Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage . . . Revised edition
Preface by Anne d'Harnoncourt and Introductory essay by Michael R. Taylor
66 pages, 119 b/w + 18 color illustrations; 10 3/4" x 12"
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-0-87633-212-2 Out of print for a number of years, this facsimile of Marcel Duchamp's Manual of Instructions was prepared by the artist for the disassembly of Étant donnés in his New York studio and its reassembly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. First published more than twenty years ago, the manual has had far-reaching ramifications for the study of Étant donnés and Duchamp. Illustrated with 116 black-and-white Polaroids taken by the artist and 35 pages of his handwritten notes and sketches, the revised edition includes a new essay by Michael R. Taylor on the pivotal importance of the manual to an understanding of Duchamp's artistic practice as well as the first English translation of the artist's text. Michael R. Taylor is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, and the late Anne d'Harnoncourt was formerly the Director, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.