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Thierry de Duve (born 1944) is a Belgian professor of modern art theory and contemporary art theory, and both actively teaches and publishes books in the field. He also curates exhibitions.

He has been a visiting professor at: the University of Lille III (France), the Sorbonne (France), MIT, and Johns Hopkins University, and was the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Distinguished Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art in Penn's History of Art Department.

He was a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


  • Look-100 Years of Contemporary Art (Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 2002)
  • Belgium Pavilion for the Venice Biennial (2003)


Books Published in English:

  • Pictorial Nominalism; On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991). (with Polan, D.)
  • Clement Greenberg Between the Lines (Trans. Brian Holmes; Editions Dis Voir, 1996)
  • Kant After Duchamp (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998)
  • Look, 100 Years of Contemporary Art (trans. Simon Pleasance and Fronza Woods; Ghent-Amstersam: Ludion, 2001
  • The Definitively Unfinished Marcel Duchamp, MIT Press, Cambridge, 1993.

Books Published in French:

  • 1984 Nominalisme pictural: Marcel Duchamp, la peinture et la modernité (Paris : Les éditions de minuit 1984)
  • 1987 Essais datés I, 1974-1986 (Paris : Ed. de la différence, 1987).
  • 1989 Au nom de l'art. Pour une archéologie de la modernité (Minuit, 1989)
  • Résonnances du readymade. Duchamp entre avant-garde et tradition (1989)
  • 1990 Cousus de fil d'or. Beuys, Warhol, Klein, Duchamp (Villeurbanne, Art ed., 1990; Dijon: Impr. Dips).
  • 1992 Faire école (1992) 1995
  • 1995 La Déposition (1995)
  • 1995 Du nom au nous (1995)
  • 1996 Clément Greenberg entre les Lignes (1996).
  • 2000 Voici, 100 ans d'art contemporain (Ludion, Gand, 2000).

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