From October Books


Writings, Interviews, Photographs

Edited by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh




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.

An October Book.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262022811 211 pp. | 7.2 in x 9 in


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262521352 211 pp. | 7.2 in x 9 in


Benjamin H. D. Buchloh

Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, an art historian and critic, is the Andrew W. Mellon Research Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Harvard University. He is the author of Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 and Formalism and Historicity: Models and Methods in Twentieth-Century Art, both published by the MIT Press. In 2007 Buchloh received the Golden Lion for Contemporary Art History and Criticism at the Venice Biennale.