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- DescriptionIn 1964, at age forty, Marcel Broodthaers (1924--1976) proclaimed that his years of writing poetry -- of being good for thing, in his words -- were over, and a brief but dazzling artistic career began. Considered a founding father of institutional critique, Broodthaers created hundreds of objects, books, films, photographs and exhibitions, including a fictive museum of modern art that evolved from an installation in his own home to a massive exhibition of over three hundred works representing eagles. In The Absence of Work, Rachel Haidu argues that all of Broodthaers's art is defined by its relationship to language. His perception of his poetry's failure to communicate led him to explore in his art the ncommunicative, ntransparent uses of words. Haidu's characterization of Broodthaers's contribution to institutional critique represents a major departure from the usual approach to this movement. With The Absence of Work, one of the first mographs on Broodthaers in English, Haidu demystifies a crucial and enigmatic figure in postwar and contemporary art.
- Author BiographyRachel Haidu is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.
- Author(s)Rachel Haidu
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication01/11/2013
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Series TitleOctober Books
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note46 b&w illus.
- Weight889 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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