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Absence of Work Marcel Broodthaers, 1964--1976

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ISBN-10: 0262525097

ISBN-13: 9780262525091

Edition: 2010

Authors: Rachel Haidu

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In 1964, at age forty, Marcel Broodthaers (1924--1976) proclaimed that his years ofwriting poetry -- of being "good for nothing," in his words -- were over, and a brief butdazzling artistic career began. Considered a founding father of institutional critique, Broodthaerscreated hundreds of objects, books, films, photographs and exhibitions, including a"fictive" museum of modern art that evolved from an installation in his own home to amassive exhibition of over three hundred works representing eagles. In The Absence of Work, RachelHaidu argues that all of Broodthaers's art is defined by its relationship to language. Hisperception of his poetry's "failure to communicate" led him to explore in his art thenoncommunicative, nontransparent uses of words. Haidu's characterization ofBroodthaers's contribution to institutional critique represents a major departure from the usualapproach to this movement. With The Absence of Work, one of the first monographson Broodthaers in English, Haidu demystifies a crucial and enigmatic figure in postwar andcontemporary art.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Rachel Haidu is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.