Duchamp, Aesthetics, and Capitalism: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Duchamp, Aesthetics, and Capitalism

1st Edition

By Julian Jason Haladyn


96 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367266769
pub: 2019-08-08
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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.

Table of Contents

1. Apropos 2. Readymade as Object 3. Capitalist Accelerations 4. Aesthetics and the Object 5. Comb 6. Speeding Up Language 7. Challenges to Origineity 8. Consequences of a Duchampian Accelerationism I 9. The Choice Economy 10. Readymade as Black Hole 11. Consequences of a Duchampian Accelerationism II 12. Tzanck Check 13. Note on a Readymade Economics 14. Missed Creative Acts 15. Remade Readymades 16. We Will Wait 17. An Accelerated Duchamp

About the Author

Julian Jason Haladyn is an art historian, cultural theorist, and professor at OCAD University, Canada.

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Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies

Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies presents short-form books on varied topics within the fields of art history and visual studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Conceptual
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)