For some painters, Duchamp may still appear to be 'the enemy'. However, within a now well established eclecticism of Fine Art practice, this sort of positioning may be counter-productive to the rich areas of re-evaluation and re-assessing that may be explored in consideration of painting past and present. To this end, consider a detail of his last painting made in 1918, and current painter Julie Mehretu's approach...Duchamp's decision to decry and abandon painting after 1918 still holds some currency when viewed from his time, and equally Mehretu's reasons for persisting with it today makes a convincing argument in ours.
Julie Mehretu/ Arcade/ 2005
Marcel Duchamp/ Tu m' (detail)/ 1918