Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Marcel Duchamp, artist
    born: Blainville, Normandy, France ; died: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ; active: France, United States
    The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., publisher
  • Contrepèterie, 1968
  • S.M.S. No. 2
  • Where object was made: United States
  • offset lithograph
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Object Height/Width: folded 279.4 x 177.8 mm
    Object Height/Width: folded 11 x 7 in
    Object Height/Width: open 279.4 x 381 mm
    Object Height/Width: open 11 x 15 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Shearburn
  • Not on display
  • 1994.0125.01.a-d

Folder (a) that encloses the rest of the portfolio. On the front is a record (b) affixed with a metal rivet. A black paper label on the record reads, in raised white letters, "ESQUIVONS LES ECCHYMOSES DES ESQUIMAUX AUX MOTS EXQUIS". The record has a seven minute recording of a surrealist word game. A #10 envelope (c) addressed to Marcel Duchamp contains a wood popsicle stick (d) on which is printed in purple outline "ESKIMO".