The intangibilities of form: skill and deskilling in art after the readymade

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Verso, Dec 24, 2007 - Art - 249 pages
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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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John Roberts is Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton. His books include "The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday; The Philistine Controversy" (with Dave Beech), and "Philosophizing the Everyday". He is also a contributor to "Radical Philosophy, The Oxford Art Journal, Historical Materialism, Third Text", and "Cabinet" magazine.

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