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Title
Marcel Duchamp - The Failed Messiah
Author
Wayne Andersen
format
Hardback
Publisher
Editions Fabtiart Ltd (US)
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20100714

Marcel Duchamp's gift to artists was similar to the Marquis de Sade's gift to sadists -- relief from moral restraints, accountability, guilt, and shame. Wayne Andersen will convince you that Duchamp was not the great artist that so many in the academic and museum world believe him to be. Rather, he was a great con artist who spread his charm and wit over the New York art scene. He was clever in his evasive insecurity and so exaggerated that his silly witticisms are still published today as serious. Duchamp was like an alien element that fragmented modern art with the impact of a meteor. The birth of postmodernism (some people say) spelled the end of modernism, the end of historical progress, just as that meteor's impact meant the end of evolution. Is any of this true?

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Wayne Andersen is emeritus professor of history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture at MIT. He holds a PhD from Columbia University. Over his MIT tenure he also taught on occasion at Harvard, Columbia, and Yale. He is a well-known international lecturer and author of many books, including Cezanne and Zola: Art and Literature in Paris; Picassos Brothel; Freud, Leonardo da Vinci and the Vultures Tail; Cezanne and the Eternal Feminine; Phobic Raptures; Manet: The Picnic and the Prostitute; and Picasso and the Alien Oilcloth.

Type
BOOK
Number of Pages
355

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