Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour – The Animals’ Fancy Dress Ball in the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool is a signed limited edition silkscreen print on paper with lithographic collage by Pop Art artist Sir Peter Blake CBE.
Limited edition of 100
Silkscreen and lithograph
Making a trio with The New Years Eve Parade and DC Thompson Reunion, Peter Blake completes his imagined narrative of Marcel Duchamp visiting The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool while on a tour of England. Each edition is made using a combination of silkscreen and lithography; the first time Blake has combined these two mediums.
In the early 2000s Peter Blake made a series of paintings under the title Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour, these large works centred on the idea of Marcel Duchamp finding himself in unexpected situations: playing chess with Tracey Emin, or on a tour bus with the Spice Girls. His two new prints are an extension of this playful concept, and here Marcel finds himself at Blackpool Tower Ballroom in some of the most Dadaist company you could imagine. Blake’s homage to Duchamp is not surprising; he paved the way for many modern and contemporary art movements including pop art, installation art and conceptual art, as well as influencing many of the YBAs (Hirst, Emin. Quinn, Turk-all of whom are friends of Blake). Duchamp’s mission statement that anything an artist did could be art, has certainly been central to Blake’s work and his philosophy of fine art.