Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade
Runner-up for the Robert Motherwell Book Award
Touch suggests a broad range of physical, intellectual, and emotional connections that serve to undermine the dominance of vision in histories of modernism. By exploding notions of the very nature of art, the artists considered in this beautifully illustrated monograph introduced fundamentally new conceptions of subjectivity and engagement for the modernist era. While offering an entertaining and engaging history of dada and surrealism, Please Touch presents a persuasive argument highlighting the role of "tactility," which it defines as a decentralized, fragmented, and intimate form of knowing. In this compelling volume, Janine Mileaf offers the first full-length consideration of Marcel Duchamp's readymades and their profound legacy in the transatlantic context of dada and surrealism. This book embraces a broad range of art objects: consumer items such as the urinal and bottlerack that Duchamp "sneaked" into art exhibits; flea-market assemblages fabricated by his interwar avant-garde successors Man Ray, André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Meret Oppenheim, and others; and the bricolage boxes of American surrealist Joseph Cornell.
Please Touch is an intriguing exploration of some of the twentieth century's most important art and artists that will appeal to a broad range of art historians and interdisciplinary scholars.
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Man Rays Object to Be Destroyed
André Breton at the Flea Market of SaintOuen
Surrealist Politics of Exhibition
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2010 Artists Rights ADAGP aesthetic André Breton Artists Rights Society artworks assemblage avant-garde Boccioni body bottle Bottlerack Cahiers d’art Cambridge Centre Georges Pompidou Charles Ratton Claude Cahun collection Colonial Exhibition cubism culture dada desire dossier Éluard erotic eroticism essay ethnographic Exhibition of Objects figure flâneur flea market Futurist gallery Giacometti Ibid imagined International Colonial Exhibition Jean ject Joseph Cornell Krauss l’Exposition Large Glass Lee Miller Marcel Duchamp memory metronome Modern Art Musée Museum of Modern Nadja Notes to Pages object art objective chance painting Paris Paul Éluard perception Photo photographs Picasso Politics of Exhibition ragpickers Ratton exhibition Ray Trust Ray’s Object readymade relation Rosalind Krauss Saint-Ouen Salvador Dalí sand sculpture Seabrook sensation sense sexual space Surrealism Surrealist Exhibition surrealist object Surrealist Politics tactile taste things tion touch trans tribal objects Trocadéro Tzara University Press viewer vision visual Walter Benjamin York