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The coffee grinder’s handle is shown in multiple positions while, stripped of its outer casing, the mechanism produces the flow of coffee. This diagrammatic approach, reminiscent of a technical manual, reflects Duchamp’s fascination with machinery as well as his concern for representing the passage of time. Coffee Mill was made as a gift for Duchamp’s brother, the sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon, to be displayed in his kitchen.

September 2013