an everyday manufactured object, as a bottle rack, a snow shovel, a urinal, or a comb, that may by the creative act of selection and designation by an artist attain status as a work of art: associated almost exclusively with the aesthetic activities of Marcel Duchamp during the period 1915 to 1917.
Other definitions for ready-made (2 of 2)
made in advance for sale to any purchaser, rather than to order: a ready-made coat.
made for immediate use.
something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture or equipment.
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How to use readymade in a sentence
Or maybe it's a kind of remade readymade, and gets its power from using Disney as "serious" contemporary art.
It counts as a readymade, of sorts, because like Duchamp's famous urinal it transplants a functional object into the art world.
I think of this piece as a new Duchampian sub-species you might call a "hand-made readymade".
They acquire all learning in their mother's womb, and bring it into the world readymade.
And that was devoted to what—readymade clothes, ski clothes, and that sort of thing?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
When a readymade definition, admirably rendered, is at your command, why be at the pains of making a new one for yourself?The Feasts of Autolycus | Elizabeth Robins Pennell
He spent the time surfing readymade coasters and checking the intranet for engineer availability.Makers | Cory Doctorow
But he couldn't get even the cheapest readymade dress-suit for fourteen dollars.Seventeen | Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for ready-made
made for purchase and immediate use by any customer: a ready-made jacket
extremely convenient or ideally suited: a ready-made solution
unoriginal or conventional: ready-made phrases
a ready-made article, esp a garment
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