Marcel Duchamp: Unpacking Duchamp: Art in Transit

Marcel Duchamp: Unpacking Duchamp: Art in Transit
Library Shelf Location 18.DUCH
Publication Date 1998
Description Perhaps no twentieth-century artist utilized puns and linguistic ambiguity with greater effectand greater controversythan Marcel Duchamp. Through a careful "unpacking" of his major works, Dalia Judovitz finds that Duchamp may well have the last laugh. She examines how he interpreted notions of mechanical reproduction in order to redefine the meaning and value of the art object, the artist, and artistic production. Judovitz begins with Duchamp's supposed abandonment of painting and his subsequent return to material that mimics art without being readily classifiable as such. Her book questions his paradoxical renunciation of pictorial and artistic conventions while continuing to evoke and speculatively draw upon them. She offers insightful analyses of his major works including The Large Glass, Fountain and Given 1) the waterfall, 2) the illuminating gas. Duchamp, a poser and solver of problems, occupied himself with issues of genre, gender, and representation. His puns, double entendres, and word games become poetic machines, all part of his intellectual quest for the very limits of nature, culture, and perception. Judovitz demonstrates how Duchamp's redefinition of artistic modes of production through reproduction opens up modernism to more speculative explorations, while clearing the ground for the aesthetic of appropriation central to postmodernism
ISBN 0520213769
Quantity 1
Pages 308
Editors Edward Dimendberg, Michelle Nordon, Michelle Ghaffari
Author Dalia Judovitz
Format Paperback
Publisher University of California Press, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London
Related Artist Marcel Duchamp
Categories Drawing, Installation, Photography, Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Modernism, Gender issues, Appropriation
Artist's Nationality French
Language English

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