Popular element in modern art, particularly the artists of the Dada Movement and Surrealism who deemed that any object could become a work of art if chosen by an artist. In French: objet trouvé. Also see Readymade and Joseph Cornell
Artists who used found objects in their work include:
Arnason, H.H., History of Modern Art, Abrams, NY.
Tomkins, Calvin, "The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters of the Avante-Guarde", Viking, NY, 1968.
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