Inspired by Marcel Duchamp – The Royal Flush Series

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp 1917

Fountain by Marcel Duchamp 1917

Ingrid’s work is often looked at with seriousness and contemplation, but many of her pieces begin with a humorous twist.  In the Royal Flush series, Ingrid was inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work, Fountain.  An upside down urinal signed simply, “R. Mutt, 1917,” it has become one of the most important works of the 20th Century, opening the door for Pop,  Conceptual and other art movements.  Ingrid decided to take a more sideways, and perhaps literal view of Duchamp’s work.  In the Royal Flush series, Ingrid has placed transparent images of kings and queens in front of antique toilets.

“I think it gives us perspective on the concept of royalty, that we really are all the same.  Certainly we all have to use the toilet no matter how important we think we are.”  Ingrid says.

Homage to Duchamp by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Homage to Duchamp by Ingrid Dee Magidson

The first piece created in the series, “Homage to Duchamp” is an extraordinary work.  Using a strategically placed mirror, the viewer is able to see behind the main subject into the room beyond.  When Ingrid finished the work, she realized it was unique, fell in love with it and refused to sell the piece even after several generous offers.

Royal Flush by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Royal Flush by Ingrid Dee Magidson

Royal Flush is a play on Velasquez’s famous portrait of Princess Margarita as a child.  In it, the future queen has a basket of fruit on her head and an antique doll’s toilet emerging from her enormous dress.  Describing it here, one would think it would be funny or satirical at the very least, but in reality, the work is rather poignant.  The girl’s sad, serious eyes give us a glimpse into the rigid life ahead of this little girl.  Maybe that’s not funny at all.

– Jay Magidson

You can see this and several other works by Ingrid Dee Magidson at Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco October 9 – 12, 1014.

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403

For more information about the exhibition times and directions, click this sentence.

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September and October Exhibition Schedule for Ingrid Dee Magidson

Three Exhibitions, two countries, and one book signing.  Ingrid’s work will be showing in 4 venues this fall, from San Francisco to New York City and Aspen to Toronto.  It is a great opportunity for you to see her new work and possibly meet the artist.  Here is the schedule:

September 17 – 21  New York City

Unix Gallery - Daniela and Alex

Daniela & Alex of Unix Gallery, NYC to feature Ingrid’s work at the Park Avenue Armory September 17-21

 The Avenue Art Fair
Art, Antique and Jewelry Show
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Ave, NYC
Unix Gallery Booth

October 1 Snowmass Village, CO

Book by Ingrid Dee Magidson, Madness of the Muses

Book Signing in Snowmass Village at the MPMA Confernce October 1

Book signing and meet the artist
Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference
Snowmass Conference Center
Click here for information or to attend the conference

October 9 – 12 San Francisco, CA

Art Silicon Valley - San Francisco

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco Oct 9-12

Art Silicon Valley – San Francisco
Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
Unix Gallery Booth

October 23 – 27 Toronto, Canada

Art Toronto, October 23 - 27, 2014

Art Toronto, October 23 – 27, 2014

Art Toronto
Metro Toronto Convention Center
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Canada
Unix Gallery Booth