The work of the late Belgian artist and poet, Marcel Broodthaers, analyzes the institutional conditions of art production at the end of the modernist period and is central to current debates on postmodernism. This book presents a selection of Broodthaers’ own writings, interviews with the artist, 90 illustrations of his work, a complete bibliography, and critical essays.
This important review and analysis of Broodthaers’s work begins with examples of writings front the time of his involvement with the Belgian Surrealist group of the late 1940s to the mid 1970s, when he introduced into his work theories of signification developed by structuralist, linguistics and the critique of institutions formulated by Michel Foucault. The critical essays consider the widely varied mediums of the artist’s work, including poetry, books, films, and installations.
Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is Assistant Professor of Art History at SUNY, Old Westbury. An October Book.