Exiles of Marcel Duchamp

Exiles of Marcel Duchamp
Author: T.J. Demos (Ed.)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Language: English
Pages: 320
Weight: 576 g
Binding: -
Price: €17.00
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Marcel Duchamp was a famous expatriate, a wanderer, living and working in Paris, New York, and Buenos Aires and escaping from each in turn. But exile, argues T. J. Demos in this innovative reading, is more than a fact in Duchamps biography. Exile--in the artists own words, a spirit of expatriation--infuses Duchamps entire artistic practice. Duchamps readymade constructions, his installations for surrealist exhibitions in Paris and New York, and his portable museum (the suggestively named La boîte-en-valise), Demos writes, all manifest, define, and exploit the terms of exile in multiple ways. Created while the artist was living variously in New York, Buenos Aires, and occupied France during the global catastrophes of war and fascism, these works express the anguish of displacement and celebrate the freedom of geopolitical homelessness. Duchamps exile, writes Demos, defines a new ethics of independent life in the modern age of nationalism and advanced capitalism, offering a precursor to our own globalized world of nomadic subjects and dispersed experience.