Nominalisme pictural: Marcel Duchamp, la peinture et la modernité

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Thierry de Duve

Translated to Russian by A. Shestakov. Moscow, Gaidar Institute Press, 2012. – 368 p.

ISBN 978-5-93255-339-8

Beginning with the instance in 1912 when Marcel Duchamp wrote in a note to himself, "No more painting, get a job," Thierry de Duve reviews in Pictorial Nominalism the implications of the readymade for art and representation. Arguing that the readymade belongs to that moment in the history of painting when both figuration and the practice of painting become "impossible," de Duve presents a psychoanalytically informed account of the birth of abstraction. Differing considerably from such thinkers as Clement Greenberg and Peter Burger, de Duve demonstrates that the readymade is the link between painting in particular and art at large.