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Reveals the invention of the readymade as a critical point in contemporary art. Beginning with the instance in 1912 when Marcel Duchamp wrote in a note to himself, "No more painting, get a job," Thierry de Duve reviews in "Pictorial Nominalism" the implications of the readymade for art and representation. Arguing that the readymade belongs to that moment in the history of painting when both figuration and the practice of painting become "impossible," de Duve presents a psychoanalytically informed account of the birth of abstraction. Differing considerably from such thinkers as Clement Greenberg and Peter Burger, de Duve demonstrates that the readymade is the link between painting in particular and art at large.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816648597
ISBN-10: 081664859X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 149mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Thierry de Duve

Thierry de Duve, a native of Belgium, is an art historian. Dana Polan is professor of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. John Rajchman is professor of art at Columbia University.

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