Thierry de Duve:

The Invention of Non-Art

Friday 22 February, 2013
6:30pm, $0

Stony Brook Manhattan (SUNY)
101 East 27 Street, Floor 3

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Now out of fashion but endemic in the art criticism of the 1960s, the expression ‘non-art’ usually refers to works by Dada or Neo-Dada artists that deliberately eschew or mock the look of art. Some critics even credit a single artist for the paternity of non-art, claiming that it came into being with Marcel Duchamp’s invention of the readymade. De Duve shall argue that this is an optical illusion resulting from the confusion between author and messenger. He shall then defend the view that non-art is actually a side-effect of the 19th century French Beaux-Arts system, an involuntary consequence of the binary structure of aesthetic judgment at the Salon.

Thierry de Duve is a Professor emeritus from the Université de Lille 3. His English publications include Pictorial Nominalism (1991), Kant after Duchamp (1996), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996, 2010), Look—100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), and Sewn In the Sweatshops of Marx: Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (2012). He recently finished a book of essays on aesthetics, and he is presently William C. Seitz Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) in Washington, D.C.

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Every year, the graduate students of the Art History Department at Stony Brook University, invite notable scholars and artists to share their research with the Stony Brook community and the public at large. The series is intended to foster dialogue and develop camaraderie across institutions, and to provide insight into works and practices that have particularly affected recent scholarship. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The 2013 Art History and Criticism Lecture Series is generously supported by the Stony Brook Graduate Students Organization, the Building Graduate Communities Initiative of the Graduate School, and the Department of Art at Stony Brook University.
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