Duchamp Looked at (From the Other Side)

Duchamp Looked at (From the Other Side) - Undoing the Image

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Matisse and Duchamp seem to incarnate ideal poles of the tension internal to modern art as it plunged into crisis the idea of the image-a polemical operation that opened the way to contemporary art's auto-problematization of experimental constructivism. Where Matisse subverted the aesthetic regime by bringing painting out of itself to invest its environment in a Bergsonian energetics of colour, Duchamp cuts it off from the plastic arts through a reversal of Bergson's in-the-making. The readymade captures a literalised signifier of this perspective. Duchamp Looked At is an extraordinarily rich philosophical study that offers a startling new account of the dis/continuity between the problems of contemporary art and the new articulations Duchamp fabricated between image and idea, science and art, painting and language. Alliez and Bonne's meticulous archaeological survey rediscovers the real problems and motivations of "Duchamp-thought" through a close analysis of his entire oeuvre: from the Nudes in which the problem of representing movement is gradually displaced into the realm of the virtual, the image disqualified in favour of the diagram, to the pataphysical sciences of chance and the particular, the readymades, the Large Glass and Étant donnés-and beyond, as the artist carbonizes the gallery with 1200 Sacks of Coal and ties it up with Miles of String, in installations that take Duchamp beyond Duchamp.

Book information

ISBN: 9781913029678
Publisher: Urbanomic
Imprint: Urbanomic
Pub date:
DEWEY: 709.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1242g
Height: 181mm
Width: 249mm
Spine width: 36mm