Toke Lykkeberg: Ikke-kunstens historie
January 23, 2014
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A talk about the history of non-art and the avantgarde as rearguard
‘The most groundbreaking art of the 20th century is called avant-garde. But perhaps these pioneering artists were not so pioneering after all. The artistic avant-garde did not break with established genres and traditions so much as it systematically established genres and tradition. Much of what is considered “radical,” “innovative” and “original” about Duchamp and the artistic avant-garde was brought into existence by people who were not visual artists. They were rather what in the art world is known as ”non-artists,” such as journalists, designers, writers, commercial artists and satirists. What is new in the art world is often new only in the art world.’
Toke Lykkeberg is a freelance curator and art critic.