Expression as vandalism: Asger Jorn's "Modifications"

  title={Expression as vandalism: Asger Jorn's "Modifications"},
  author={Karen Kurczynski},
  journal={RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics},
  pages={293 - 313}
In a 1962 painting, Danish Situationist and artist Asger Jorn declared in a graffiti-like gesture that "the avant-garde won't give up/' The phrase appeared not in a theoretical text as was his usual practice, but as a gestural scrawl behind a painted girl in a confirmation dress, in I!avant-garde se rend pas (fig. 1). As part of the series "New Disfigurations" exhibited at Galerie Rive Gauche in Paris that year, the work resumed Jorn's "Modifications," first shown in May 1959. These works… 

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Tour la forme

    Asger Jorn , " Intime Banaliteter , " Helhesten 1 , no . 2 ( 1941 )

    • Lautreamont , Maldoror and Poems [ 1868 - 70 ] , trans .
    • 1999

    are reproduced in The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp (see note 46), cat. nos

      The Carnivalesque as Artistic Strategy

      • Ishoj: Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst
      • 2002

      Translated in Danish Art 1930-1950

      • Per Hovdenakk
      • 1941

      Translated in Erik Steffensen

      • Italics in original. Jorn
      • 1995

      Guy Debord and the Situationist International (see note 34), p. 192. 78. Guy Debord and Gil Wolman

      • Asger Jorn's Avant-Garde Archives
      • 1956