1st Edition

Duchamp, Aesthetics and Capitalism

ISBN 9780367266769
Published August 7, 2019 by Routledge
76 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of figures


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 [1]

9 The choice economy

10 Readymade as black hole

11 Consequences of a Duchampian accelerationism [2]

12 Tzanck Check

13 Note on a readymade economics

14 Missed creative acts

15 Remade readymades

16 We Will Wait

17 An accelerated Duchamp

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