Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp

Postmodernism and the En-Gendering of Marcel Duchamp

by Amelia Jones
     
 

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This book serves as a critical analysis of postmodernism in the visual arts since the 1960s, focusing primarily on American texts that deem Marcel Duchamp to be the originator of postmodern art. Amelia Jones argues that through his "readymades" Duchamp has paradoxically served in a paternal role for post-1960s American artists, critics, and art historians, who have… See more details below

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This book serves as a critical analysis of postmodernism in the visual arts since the 1960s, focusing primarily on American texts that deem Marcel Duchamp to be the originator of postmodern art. Amelia Jones argues that through his "readymades" Duchamp has paradoxically served in a paternal role for post-1960s American artists, critics, and art historians, who have attempted to construct a new tradition of artistic practice that counters the masculinist ideologies of Abstract Expressionism and Greenbergian modernism. Adapting feminist, psychoanalytic, and Derridian conceptions of interpretation as an exchange of sexual identities, Jones offers highly charged readings of Duchamp's works and his theories of artistic production. She reconstructs Duchamp as an indeterminately gendered author whose gift to postmodernism might best be viewed in terms of the potential of his readymades to destructure the contradictory notions of sexual difference and subjectivity.

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'Jones has brought Duchamp studies to a point beyond their customary restriction to a historicist assimilation of the object to an institutional critique … to save Duchamp one has to separate him from Warholism and conceptualism … and Jones has done so.' Art and Text

'Jones' book serves an important function in demonstrating that even if Marcel Duchamp has entered the art-historical canon, he can never be comfortable there, and more importantly, his art will always subvert it from within.' Art in America

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521433419
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/26/1993
Series:
Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.98(d)

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