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Intangibilities of Form Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade

ISBN-10: 1844671674
ISBN-13: 9781844671670
Edition: 2007
Authors: John Roberts
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Rich and groundbreaking study of conceptual art, from Duchamp to Warhol, and its relationship to capitalism. In this intellectually wide-ranging book John Roberts develops a labor theory of culture as a model for explaining the dynamics of avant-garde art and the expansion of artistic authority in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From Duchamp to Warhol, conceptual art, and the "post-visual" practices of the moment, Roberts explores the relationship between artistic labor and productive labor, and the limits and possibilities of authorship. In doing so, he confronts a recurring theme of both conservative and radical detractors of modern art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: how is skill, and the seeming absence of skill in modern art, to be theorized and evaluated? Drawing on cognitive psychology, labor process theory, social anthropology, and debates in contemporary political philosophy, Roberts' book establishes a new critical topography for examining the cultural form of art today.

Preface
Introduction: Replicants and Cartesians
The Commodity, the Readymade and the Value-Form
Modernism, Repetition and the Readymade
Deskilling, Reskilling and Artistic Labour
The Post-Cartesian Artist
Surrogates, Prosthetes and Amateurs
Situational Authorship, Diffuse Aesthetics and Network Theory
Art, Immaterial Labour and the Critique of Value
Afterword: Reproducibility and the Hand
Bibliography
Index

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