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date: 29 May 2020

objet trouvé 

A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ian Chilvers,

John Glaves-Smith

(French: found object)An object found by an artist and displayed with no, or minimal, alteration as (or as an element in) a work of art. It may be a natural object, such as a pebble, a shell, or a curiously contorted branch, or a man-made object such as a piece of pottery or old piece of ironwork or machinery. The essence of the matter is that the finder-artist recognizes such a chance find as an ‘aesthetic object’ and displays it for appreciation by others as he would a work of art. The practice began with the ... ...

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