The intangibilities of form: skill and deskilling in art after the readymade
In thisintellectually wide-ranging book John Roberts develops a labor theoryof culture as a model for explaining the dynamics of avant-garde artand the expansion of artistic authority in the twentieth andtwenty-first centuries.From Duchamp to Warhol, conceptual art, and the'post-visual' practices of the moment, Roberts explores therelationship between artistic labor and productive labor, and thelimits and possibilities of authorship. In doing so, he confronts arecurring theme of both conservative and radical detractors of modernart in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: how is skill, and theseeming absence of skill in modern art, to be theorized and evaluated?Drawing on cognitive psychology, labor process theory, socialanthropology, and debates in contemporary political philosophy,Roberts' book establishes a new critical topography for examining thecultural form of art today.
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Replicants and Cartesians
The Commodity the Readymade and the ValueForm
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Adorno aesthetic Art & Language art's artisanal artistic authorship artistic labour artistic skill artistic subjectivity artistic technique autonomy avant-garde become capitalism capitalist Cartesian circuits of authorship cognitive collaborative collective authorship commodity complex labour Conceptual art convergence copying without copying craft of reproducibility creative Critical Art Ensemble critique of authorship curator defence Dennett deskilling division of labour Duchamp Duchampian Duve early avant-garde emancipation of labour emergent hand haptic heteronomous heteronomous labour Ibid identity immaterial labour interaction judgement kind labour process labour theory law of value London machines Marcel Duchamp Marx Marx's materials means modern modernist Moholy-Nagy museum non-artistic non-productive labour notion object painterly painting political post-conceptualism productive labour prosthetic reflection relations of production relationship sense skill and deskilling social technique studio surrogacy surrogate technical division theory of culture thinking totipotentiality traditional transformation unassisted readymades use-values value-form waged labour Warhol's workers world knowledge Zukofsky