Pictorial Nominalism: On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade

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U of Minnesota Press, Oct 1, 2005 - Art - 222 pages
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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Contents

1 Art and Psychoanalysis Again?
1
2 Passages
19
3 Theoretical Interlude
57
4 Revelations
67
5 Resonances
96
6 Color and Its Name
119
7 The Readymade and Abstraction
143
8 Transitions
164
Notes
193
Index
213
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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.

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