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Cindy marked it as to-read Feb 14, Apr 22, Saelan rated it it was amazing. Publisher’s Summary Many people who look at art today decry it for the lack of craft skill in its production, whether it be painting, photography or sculpture.

The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade by John Roberts

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Sarah Muehlbauer rated it really liked it Aug 19, A rich and groundbreaking study of conceptual art, from Duchamp to Warhol. Paul added it Nov 16, Seoyoung Baek added it Jan 11, Susan rated it it was ok Feb 26, In “Intangibilities of Form”, John Roberts sheds an entirely new light on this obsolescence of traditional craft skills in contemporary art, exploring the technological and social developments that gave rise to those postmodern theories that suggest that art may not require an author and oof not one with any technical ability.


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Imprint London ; New York: I would maybe give this book four stars if it weren’t for one issue – it is extremely difficult to read. Jon added it Jan 04, Verso Books added it Apr 18, Refresh and try again. Nicole is currently intangibiltiies it May 05, In Praise of Disobedience. Italian autonomism and immaterial labour is particularly acute, as is his analysis of art’s contemporary diffusion into digital networks and the rise of the discursive museum. Envisioning Marcel Duchamp as a theorist of artistic labour, Roberts describes how he opened up new circuits of authorship to the artist.

In this intellectually wide-ranging book John Roberts develops a labor theory of culture as a model for explaining the dynamics of avant-garde art and the expansion of artistic authority iintangibilities the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Allie Moreno rated it liked it Dec 08, Zoe marked it as to-read Feb 04, In doing so, he confronts a recurring theme of both conservative and radical detractors of modern art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: KvZ rated it really liked it Apr 13, Zachary marked it as to-read Oct 05, Very few art writers take emancipatory social struggle this seriously, and Roberts’ take on corm thinking” re: Danielle rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Jane marked it as to-read Nov 22, Apr 09, Dora rated it liked it Shelves: He then looks at how these approaches proliferated in art after the s and in the rise of Conceptual art.


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In explaining why the question of authorship has been so fundamental to avant-garde art and neo-avant-garde in the 20th century, “The Intangibilities of Form” is a formidable history of the hidden labours of the artwork. Dillon is currently reading it Jan 01, Andrea rated it really liked it Jun 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Physical description p. A really staggering work of Marxist art history that roots 20th-century avant-gardism in a deep and somewhat unorthodox take on the readymade and its “rediscovery” by the post-war neo-avant-garde.

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