Duchamp Looked At (from The Other Side): (undoing The Image 3)

byEric AlliezContribution byJean-Claude Bonne

October 11, 2022|
Duchamp Looked At (from The Other Side): (undoing The Image 3) by Eric Alliez
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A detailed examination of the motivations and precise coordinates of Duchamp''s break from painting into the field of the linguistic sign.

Matisse and Duchamp seem to incarnate ideal poles of the tension internal to modern art as it plunged into crisis the idea of the image—a polemical operation that opened the way to contemporary art''s auto-problematization of experimental constructivism. Where Matisse subverted the aesthetic regime by bringing painting out of itself to invest its environment in a Bergsonian energetics of color, Duchamp cuts it off from the plastic arts through a reversal of Bergson''s in-the-making. The readymade captures a literalized signifier of this perspective. Duchamp Looked At is an extraordinarily rich philosophical study that offers a startling new account of the dis/continuity between the problems of contemporary art and the new articulations Duchamp fabricated between image and idea, science and art, painting and language.

Alliez and Bonne''s meticulous archaeological survey rediscovers the real problems and motivations of “Duchamp-thought” through a close analysis of his entire oeuvre: from the Nudes in which the problem of representing movement is gradually displaced into the realm of the virtual, the image disqualified in favor of the diagram, to the pataphysical sciences of chance and the particular, the readymades, the Large Glass and Étant donnés—and beyond, as the artist carbonizes the gallery with 1200 Sacks of Coal and ties it up with Miles of String, in installations that take Duchamp beyond Duchamp.

Éric Alliez is a philosopher and Professor at Université Paris 8 and at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is author of Capital Times, The Signature of the World: Or, What is Deleuze and Guattari''s Philosophy?, The Brain-Eye: New Histories of Modern Painting, and Wars and...
Title:Duchamp Looked At (from The Other Side): (undoing The Image 3)
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.75 X 7 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.75 X 7 X 1 in
Published:October 11, 2022
Publisher:MIT Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781913029678

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