Duchamp and the Paradox of Art Spaces, Even
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-19-11
Gillian Wearing, Everything in life…, 1992-1993, from the series Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say, color coupler prints.

In the vein of several recent posts of ours re: the relationship between the readymades and the power of institutions and centrality of art spaces:

"post-Duchampian art-beyond-labor reveals itself, in fact, as the triumph of alienated “abstract” labor over non-alienated “creative” work. It is this alienated labor of transporting objects combined with the labor invested in the construction and maintenance of art spaces that ultimately produces artistic value under the conditions of post-Duchampian art. The Duchampian revolution leads not to the liberation of the artist from work, but to his or her proletarization via alienated construction and transportation work. In fact, contemporary art institutions no longer need an artist as a traditional producer. Rather, today the artist is more often hired for a certain period of time as a worker to realize this or that institutional project."

-Boris Groys, "Marx after Duchamp, Or the Artist's Two Bodies," e-flux ...Source
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