The Absence Of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1964-1976 by Rachel HaiduThe Absence Of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1964-1976 by Rachel Haidu

The Absence Of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1964-1976

byRachel Haidu

Paperback | September 20, 2013

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A provocative investigation of Marcel Broodthaers's work as a reflection on the uses and abuses of language.

In 1964, at age forty, Marcel Broodthaers (1924--1976) proclaimed that his years of writing poetry -- of being "good for nothing," in his words -- were over, and a brief but dazzling artistic career began. Considered a founding father of institutional critique, Broodthaers created 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 a massive exhibition of over three hundred works representing eagles. In The Absence of Work, Rachel Haidu argues that all of Broodthaers's art is defined by its relationship to language. His perception of his poetry's "failure to communicate" led him to explore in his art the noncommunicative, nontransparent uses of words.

Haidu's characterization of Broodthaers's contribution to institutional critique represents a major departure from the usual approach to this movement. With The Absence of Work, one of the first monographs on Broodthaers in English, Haidu demystifies a crucial and enigmatic figure in postwar and contemporary art.

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.
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Title:The Absence Of Work: Marcel Broodthaers, 1964-1976Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.88 inPublished:September 20, 2013Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262525097

ISBN - 13:9780262525091

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Rachel Haidu's rigorous study of Marcel Broodthaers returns this pivotal artist to the center of debates on institutional critique. Providing new insights on Broodthaers's practice from multiple vantage points, The Absence of Work is intellectually sophisticated and historically precise, demonstrating how the artist, his work, and its publics were formed across discursive institutional contexts.