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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672806

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.001.0001

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Image and Machine: Introduction to Thomas Hirschhorn’s Spinoza Monument

Image and Machine: Introduction to Thomas Hirschhorn’s Spinoza Monument

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(p.237) 9 Image and Machine: Introduction to Thomas Hirschhorn’s Spinoza Monument
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Spinoza Now
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Sebastian Egenhofer

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.003.0009

This chapter tackles the Marxist legacy of Spinoza’s thought, focusing on how the notion of production is indispensable in understanding the art of the twentieth century. It discusses the relationship between Thomas Hirschhorn’s sculpture and postabstract art since the 1960s. The precarious materiality of Hirschhorn’s works stems from the circulation of images and commodities and above all, from the evaporative layer of packaging materials, and which, therefore, are explicitly related to today’s economic and media reality and also withdrawn from it. The locus of Mondrian’s work, of the function of the truth of his work, is the phenomenal space of the painting. The elements manifesting themselves in Mondrian’s image’s field are, in minimal art, the shown materials themselves exposed to real space, the Plexiglas and metal plates of Judd’s specific objects.

Keywords:   Marxist, Spinoza, art, Thomas Hirschhorn, sculpture, postabstract, Mondrian, painting, minimal art

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