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Author Molderings, Herbert, author

Title Duchamp and the aesthetics of chance : art as experiment / Herbert Molderings ; translated by John Brogden
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 214 pages) : illustrations
Series Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts
Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts.
Contents The idea of the fabrication -- The 3 standard stoppages in the context of the large glass. The pane of glass as a materialized plane intersecting the visual pyramid -- Depersonalizing straight lines. The thread as a metaphor of the visual ray -- The 3 standard stoppages as paintings. Gravity and line : the "rephysicalization" of the ideal straight -- Duchamp's application of the new standard measures -- Painting of chance. Art as an experiment -- 1936 : Duchamp transforms the painting into an experimental setup. On the title : Roussel's "method" -- An excursion into the world of shop signs and windows -- Humorous application of non-Euclidean geometry. A brief digression on Tu m' -- The crisis of the scientific concept of truth -- Pataphysics, chance, and the aesthetics of the possible -- Radical individualism
Summary Marcel Duchamp is often viewed as an ""artist-engineer-scientist, "" a kind of rationalist who relied heavily on the ideas of the French mathematician and philosopher Henri Poincaré. Yet a complete portrait of Duchamp and his multiple influences draws a different picture. In his 3 Standard Stoppages (1913-1914), a work that uses chance as an artistic medium, we see how far Duchamp subverted scientism in favor of a radical individualistic aesthetic and experimental vision. Unlike the Dadaists, Duchamp did more than dismiss or negate the authority of science. He pushed scien
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-210) and index
Notes Translated from the German
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Subject Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968. 3 standard stoppages.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Brogden, John (Translator)
ISBN 0231519745 (electronic bk.)
9780231519748 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Kunst als Experiment. English
Art as experiment