The problem of originality in postmodern art: a historical argument

Simon Jonathan Blond

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis is a sustained critique of theoretical claims that participatory, relational and social art practices are superior to image or object-based works because they are less elitist and avoid complicity with the capitalist economy. This view holds that originality and innovation are neither possible nor desirable. In order to give my critique greater depth, it is preceded by a historical analysis of the emergence and development in Europe of notions of agency, subjectivity and originality from medieval times until the present. This thesis founds its significance on the relevance of these arguments to contemporary artists and art historians.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Read, Richard, Supervisor
  • Ball, Clarissa, Supervisor
Award date28 May 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 30/05/2018 to 30/05/2020. Made publicly available on 30/05/2020.


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