Duchamp, Aesthetics, and Capitalism

1st Edition

Julian Jason Haladyn

August 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 96 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367266769 - CAT# 310600
Series: Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies


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This book is a significant re-thinking of Duchamp’s importance in the twenty-first century, taking seriously the readymade as a critical exploration of object-oriented relations under the conditions of consumer capitalism.

The readymade is understood as an act of accelerating art as a discourse, of pushing to the point of excess the philosophical precepts of modern aesthetics on which the notion of art in modernity is based. Julian Haladyn argues for an accelerated Duchamp that speaks to a contemporary condition of art within our era of globalized capitalist production.

The book will be of interest to scholars studying modern and contemporary art history and visual culture, cultural theory, aesthetics, media studies, and material culture.

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