Thierry de Duve is an internationally renowned theorist, critic and educator on modern and contemporary art. His research and writing are focused on a reinterpretation of modernism. Marcel Duchamp's readymade and its implications for aesthetics have long been a central focus of his work.
De Duve is the author of a number of books including Look, 100 Years of Contemporary Art (2001), Kant after Duchamp (1998), Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (1996), Pictorial Nominalism; On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade (1991) and was a contributing writer for Held Together with Water: Artwork from the Verbund Collection (2007). His publications include numerous catalogues and articles.
He curated the exhibition Look, 100 Years of Contemporary Art at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels (2000) and was responsible for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003.
De Duve is professor of aesthetics and art history in the Fine Arts Department at Université Lille III in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France. He has held visiting professorships at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Johns Hopkins University, and was the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Distinguished Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has been a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and The Clark art institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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