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(noun) - A term coined by Marcel Duchamp and, in its most correct use, applied to his work, alone, between 1913 to 1921. From Dada going forward, "ready-made" has been understood to be a common, mass-produced object, such as the urinal and bicycle wheel Duchamp so famously used. However, ready-mades are used in a completely different context than their original, intended functions. Ready-mades are elevated to the status of art simply because the artist says they are art.

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