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Duchamp and the Aesthetics of Chance


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List of Illustrations Introduction 1. The Idea of the Fabrication 2. The 3 Standard Stoppages in the Context of the Large Glass 3. The 3 Standard Stoppages as Paintings 4. 1936: Duchamp Transforms the Painting Into an Experimental Setup 5. Humorous Application of Non-Euclidean Geometry 6. The Crisis of the Scientific Concept of Truth 7. Pataphysics, Chance, and the Aesthetics of the Possible 8. Radical Individualism Notes Bibliography Index

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Duchamp and the Aesthetics of Chance is one of those rare studies which, by exhaustively treating one key work, puts into new perspective an artist's entire oeuvre. More than that, in a period when art-historical discussions are highly theory-oriented, though often at the expense of basic research, Herbert Molderings has undertaken an exceptionally well balanced investigation through which a new and painstakingly accurate evaluation of the material and historical evidence translates into a brilliant exposition of the philosophical ramifications of this evidence. -- Ulrich Keller, University of California, Santa Barbara The net result of Herbert Molderings's analysis--subtle, thorough, careful in its sources, and beautifully measured-is a reading of Marcel Duchamp's work that gives it historical terms and endless complexity. Duchamp and the Aesthetics of Chance is model art-historical work. -- Molly Nesbit, Vassar College

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Herbert Molderings is a freelance scholar and professor of art history at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. The author of eleven books, he specializes in the history of modern and contemporary art, European photography of the twentieth century, and the works of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Umbo. Molderings is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and a former director of a research program at the Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art in Paris. He divides his time beween Cologne and Paris. John Brogden lives in Dortmund, Germany, and specializes in the translation of art historical subjects.


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