Artforum article by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh Allegorical Procedures: Appropriation and Montage in Contemporary Art.

"The notion of allegory and montage is discussed in the context of avant-garde practice during the first half of this century, notably by Marcel Duchamp and the Dada group. The ramifications of montage techniques are extended into a reading of recent and current works by such artists as Michael Asher, Hans Haacke, Sherrie Levine, and Martha Rosier. Buchloh argues that these and other artists working with questions of "material definition, site, (physical, social and linguistic)" and ultimately "mode of address and audience" are responsible for an irreversible change in the conditions of art production. He argues further that "any return to an unconditioned autonomy of art production" (i.e. neo-expressionism) "would be mere pretence, lacking in historical logic and consequence."

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