The the 1960s and 1970s art philosopher Arthur Danto wrote a series of articles examining the claim of found objects presented as art to be art rather than simply objects.
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From his 1974 article "The Transfiguration of the Commonplace", "I think of the singular intoxication the first pop-art exhibits brought to spectators when they saw such crass objects as ironing boards and vacuum cleaners in a space where they no longer had any power over us, standing helpless and impotent like stranded sea monsters, in the neutralising space of the gallery." link
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