Mieke Bleyen reviews The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade by John Roberts for Image and Narrative:
In The Intangibilities of Form. Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade, John Roberts proposes a challenging model for everyone dealing with contemporary art, both theoreticians and artists. In his rereading of twentieth century art and avant-garde art more in particular, he takes an overtly left-wing, not to say Marxist stand, contributing in a spectacular way to what, he says, is needed in scholarship today: a labour theory of culture.
As the title of the book suggests, Roberts finds this model in Marcel Duchamp’s readymade, not so much in its form – which has become commonplace in the art world from the early 70s on, as in its function as a site of reflection and conflict. Hence the first part of The Intangibilities of Form is devoted to the readymade and provides the reader an insight into the key principles of the book.”
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