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Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain

One Hundred Years Later

Authors: Kilroy, Robert

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About this book

This book marks the centenary of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain by critically re-examining the established interpretation of the work. It introduces a new methodological approach to art-historical practice rooted in a revised understanding of Lacan, Freud and Slavoj Žižek. In weaving an alternative narrative, Kilroy shows us that not only has Fountain been fundamentally misunderstood but that this very misunderstanding is central to the work’s significance. The author brings together Duchamp’s own statements to argue Fountain’s verdict was strategically stage-managed by the artist in order to expose the underlying logic of its reception, what he terms ‘The Creative Act.’ This book will be of interest to a broad range of readers, including art historians, psychoanalysts, scholars and art enthusiasts interested in visual culture and ideological critique.

About the authors

Robert Thomas Kilroy is Lecturer of Art History and Applied Foreign Languages at University Paris Sorbonne, Abu Dhabi.

Reviews

“Kilroy makes a strong case that ‘Duchamp’s intention with Fountain was to expose the mechanism at work in the reception of his oeuvre’, at least as measured by the artist’s statements. He offers a timely interpretation of Duchamp, who emerges from Kilroy’s analysis as an artist single-mindedly focused on the creation and reception of his own self-image.” (Melissa Venator, H-France Review, Vol. 19 (21), January, 2019)​
“This book, timely in every sense, brilliantly shows how Marcel Duchamp’s creative strategy over the period 1910s to 1960s resulted in an opus that did more than merely meet the eye. For Duchamp’s notorious ready-made Fountain (1917), visually provocative though it was, is but one element in a complex enterprise implicating the object of art in wider temporal and structural relations. Aptly adopting the framework of crime detection, Kilroy’s investigation discovers new clues to Duchamp’s work.” (David Scott, Professor of French, Textual and Visual Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Author of Pictorialist Poetics: Poetry and the Visual Arts in 19th-Century France, 1988) “Lacan and Duchamp—it's what Slavoj Žižek would call a ‘short circuit’: reading a canonical text through the lens of a minor and hopefully producing some kind of a charge. And this is what Robert Kilroy does here: read Duchamp through the lens of—ahem—Lacan and Žižek. But eventually the tables are turned and he ends up reading Lacan and Žižek through Duchamp. Here is where we really begin to look through the keyhole of the door of Étant donnés.” (Rex Butler, Professor of Art History, Monash University. Author of Slavoj Žižek: Live Theory, 2005)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Étant donnés: 1° la chute d’eau/2° le gaz d’éclairage

    Kilroy, Robert

    Pages 1-11

  • Art History and Psychoanalysis Today

    Kilroy, Robert

    Pages 15-25

  • Duchamp with Lacan through Žižek

    Kilroy, Robert

    Pages 27-37

  • Art Historian as Psychoanalyst as Detective

    Kilroy, Robert

    Pages 41-46

  • The Facts and Curious Features of the Case

    Kilroy, Robert

    Pages 47-75

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Hardcover 57,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain
Book Subtitle
One Hundred Years Later
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69158-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69158-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69157-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88721-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 168
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