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THE APPARENTLY MARGINAL ACTIVITES OF MARCEL DUCHAMP. Elena Filipovic. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2016. 360 pp. with 134 ills. (29 col.). 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780262034821 In English.
Due date: September 2016. Publisher's description: This groundbreaking book tells a new story of the twentieth century's most influential artist, recounted not so much through his artwork as through his "non-art" work. Marcel Duchamp is largely understood in critical and popular discourse in terms of the objects he produced -- whether readymade or meticulously fabricated. Elena Filipovic asks us instead to understand Duchamp's art through activities not normally seen as artistic -- from exhibition making and art dealing to administrating and publicizing. These were no occasional pursuits; Filipovic argues that for Duchamp, these curatorial tasks were a veritable lifework. Filipovic traces a variety of practices and projects undertaken by Duchamp from 1913 to 1969, from the invention of the readymade to the release of his last, posthumous work. She examines Duchamp's note writing, archiving, and quasi-photographic activities, which resulted in the Box of 1914 and Boite verte; his art dealing, marketing, and curating that culminated in experimental exhibitions for the Surrealists and his miniature museum, the Boite-en-valise; and his administrative efforts and clandestine maneuvering in order to realize his posthumous Etant donnes.
Artist(s):Duchamp, Marcel
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174268
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