Intangibilities of Form Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|