"La Boîte en Bois (Wooden Box) (Replica of Duchamp's ‘Large Glass’)" (2004)

"La Boîte en Bois (Wooden Box) (Replica of Duchamp's ‘Large Glass’)," 2004
Glass, gelatin-silver print, and 2 sheets of 8" x 10" original negative
Glass: 16 x 10 x 1 3/8 inches
Box: 17 7/8 x 11 5/8 x 3 inches
Edition of 35
Commissioned by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Photo by Hiroshi Sugi
Courtesy the artist and The Pace Gallery, New York

"There are four replicas of Duchamp's 'Large Glass'- two in Stockholm, one in London, one in Tokyo. I’ve been photographing the replica in Tokyo, spending so much time with the replica that facing the original is a very strange feeling. The original has an enormous power compared to the replica. A replica is a replica, it’s a copy- a duplicate. Duchamp’s concept of a copy was that the copy is as important as the original. But it’s not true. The original has its own Duchamp spirit in itself, even though he might say, 'Well, this is not special at all.' He probably didn’t believe in spirits. But I do feel it."

- Hiroshi Sugimoto