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Pictorial Nominalism: On Marcel Duchamp’s Passage from Painting to the Readymade
by Thierry De Duve
University of Minnesota Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8166-4859-7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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