Best secondary text on Kant s Critique of Judgement I ve read. reading for an art class.it s dense i like the footnotes levi strauss and marcel mauss the latter, who w another french anthropologist, wrote an interesting detailed account about the functions of sacrificeit sound morose, but it s just what anthropologists were into those days. Kant After Duchamp offers an overview of the evolution of art and art theory in the 20th Century where the production of art comes readymade and the creative act takes a linguistic turn from what is beautiful to what is art De Duve makes a powerful argument that we can locate that turn in Kant s deduction of taste, where the condition of the possibility of judgement of beauty is based upon communication of an aesthetic feeling rather than the intrinsic value of the work By taking up Duchamp s Kant After Duchamp offers an overview of the evolution of art and art theory in the 20th Century where the production of art comes readymade and the creative act takes a linguistic turn from what is beautiful to what is art De Duve makes a powerful argument that we can locate that turn in Kant s deduction of taste, where the condition of the possibility of judgement of beauty is based upon communication of an aesthetic feeling rather than the intrinsic value of the work By taking up Duchamp s oeuvre from his early efforts at cubism to the Fountain and beyond, De Duve provides an overview of the aporias of painting in industrial society where expression is not limited to an image or a canvas and everything from canvass, to paints to objects are ready made and presented to the artist, to the forum in which artwork occurs and to the audience to whom art is both directed and excluded.In the process, De Duve examines aesthetic theories that seek to respond to the revolutions of the avant garde in which obsolescence is built in to the very theory of an always new artistic experience Always respectful of the viewer s response, De Duve is able to paint a portrait of the challenges to art and to theory while providing a theoretical justification for being able to say, this work is both art and is better or worse as art than this work which is also art Taking into consideration that I had to put the book on hold for quite a while and that I should really read it for a second time at some point in the future for several reasons , I can honestly say that de Duve knows what he is talking about This is one of those books that I believe I will never fully be able to grasp no matter how many times I read it it is packed with references to philosophy, art history, art theory, pop culture, aesthetics, logic, etc There is just so much information Taking into consideration that I had to put the book on hold for quite a while and that I should really read it for a second time at some point in the future for several reasons , I can honestly say that de Duve knows what he is talking about This is one of those books that I believe I will never fully be able to grasp no matter how many times I read it it is packed with references to philosophy, art history, art theory, pop culture, aesthetics, logic, etc There is just so much information to grasp The author s writing style does not really help in this process he is somewhat informal and takes on a jocular tone in some chapters, but when he is dealing with the truly philosophical aspects of Duchamp s work, the reading material gets very heavy indeed So unless you are up for a challenge and ready to be truly dedicated to reading this book, I recommend you leave it for another time when you have built up the mental stamina do handle de Duve I wasn t nor do I think I will ever be really, truly ready for him , but it was worth it I definitely learned a lot and gave my brain a quality workout while reading this book This book is definitly worth visiting if you re interested in art, a concise account His first book Pictorial Nominalism is damn good too. A.Read on tour with Mountains and David Grubbs Slept on the floor at Bard and Wesleyan s Eclectic Society anti frat house. Thought provoking for those interested in art theory and history. Kant after Duchamp brings together eight essays around a central thesis with many implications for the history of avant gardes Although Duchamp s ready mades broke with all previously known styles, de Duve observes that he made the logic of modernist art practice the subject matter of his work, a shift in aesthetic judgment that replaced the classical this is beautiful with this is art De Duve employs this shift replacing the word beauty by the word art in a rereading of Kant s Critique of Judgment that reveals the hidden links between the radical experiments of Duchamp and the Dadaists and mainstream pictorial modernism