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or read·y·made (rĕd′ē-mād′)
1. Already made, prepared, or available: ready-made clothes.
2. Handy or expedient, especially because of familiarity, frequent use, or preplanning: a raft of ready-made excuses.
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1. made for purchase and immediate use by any customer: a ready-made jacket.
2. extremely convenient or ideally suited: a ready-made solution.
3. unoriginal or conventional: ready-made phrases.
a ready-made article, esp a garment
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1. made in advance for sale to any purchaser: a ready-made coat.
2. made for immediate use.
3. unoriginal; conventional.
4. something that is ready-made, as a garment or a piece of furniture.


or read′y-made`

an everyday, manufactured object that comes to be regarded as a work of art.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ready-made - a manufactured artifact (as a garment or piece of furniture) that is made in advance and available for purchase; "their apartment was furnished with ready-mades"
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
custom-built, custom-made - an item made to the customer's specifications
Adj.1.ready-made - made for purchase and immediate use
custom, custom-made - made according to the specifications of an individual
2.ready-made - repeated regularly without thought or originality; "ready-made phrases"
unoriginal - not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual; "the manuscript contained unoriginal emendations"; "his life had been unoriginal, conforming completely to the given pattern"- Gwethalyn Graham
3.ready-made - commercially produced; not homemade; "ready-made clothes"
factory-made - produced in quantity at a factory
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adjective ready-to-wear, off-the-peg, off-the-rack (U.S.) local ready-made clothes
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[ˈredɪˈmeɪd] ADJ [clothes, curtains] → confeccionado, ya hecho; [meal, sauce] → precocinado, preparado; [excuses, ideas] → preparado
we can't expect to find a ready-made solution for our problemsno podemos esperar que la solución a nuestros problemas nos llegue como caída del cielo
a ready-made basis for negotiationsuna base para las negociaciones muy oportuna
you can buy your greenhouse ready-madepuede comprar un invernadero ya prefabricado
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[ˌrɛdɪˈmeɪd] adj (clothes) → confezionato/a; (excuses, solution) → bell'e pronto/a; (ideas) → banale
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(ˈredi) adjective
1. (negative unready) prepared; able to be used etc immediately or when needed; able to do (something) immediately or when necessary. I've packed our cases, so we're ready to leave; Is tea ready yet?; Your coat has been cleaned and is ready (to be collected).
2. (negative unready) willing. I'm always ready to help.
3. quick. You're too ready to find faults in other people; He always has a ready answer.
4. likely, about (to do something). My head feels as if it's ready to burst.
ˈreadiness noun
ˈreadily adverb
1. willingly. I'd readily help you.
2. without difficulty. I can readily answer all your questions.
ready cash
ready money.
ˌready-ˈmade adjective
(especially of clothes) made in standard sizes, and for sale to anyone who wishes to buy, rather than being made for one particular person. a ready-made suit.
ready money
coins and banknotes. I want to be paid in ready money, not by cheque.
ˌready-to-ˈwear adjective
(of clothes) ready-made.
in readiness
ready. I want everything in readiness for his arrival.
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References in classic literature ?
Soapy straightened the lady missionary's readymade tie, dragged his shrinking cuffs into the open, set his hat at a killing cant and sidled toward the young woman.
Additionally, forms of contemporary art, such as readymades, are particularly "vulnerable to destruction".
The recurrent theme is that Duchamp's readymades enact or render a deskilling or different skilling that takes place historically and is termed by Roberts, after Soviet Productivist theorist Boris Arvatov, 'general social technique'.
By painting white bands over the outermost white stripes of awning material, which he had been using since 1965, he was still operating within the reductionist framework of the "last painting." As I argued in my monograph Daniel Buren (Flammarion, 2002), his work is a far cry from Duchamp's readymade, because the striped canvas, found in Paris's Saint-Pierre market, had been chosen for its visual properties (strength of colors and pattern, evenness of form and substance, etc.), while Duchamp had always claimed total visual indifference to the choice of industrial objects destined to become readymades.
Duchamp himself stated that it didn't matter who had originally manufactured his readymades. The point was that he, Duchamp, had chosen them.
Particular attention is paid to the significance of Duchamp's readymades in rendering the artistic phenomenon or form of life even more complex.
Duchamp's renderings of the shadows of the readymades that hung from his studio ceiling make the painting's surface one that collects, rather than creates, impressions--and collects them, furthermore, from a space somewhere behind the viewer.
Her revisionist view starts not with the store-bought urinal or typewriter cover, but with their handmade mini-me's, cunningly packaged in Duchamp's Boite-en-valise, 1935-41; with the small, unequivocally genital "erotic objects" he produced in the '50s; and with the full-scale artisan-produced copies of the readymades the artist authorized for museum display during the '60s (a clever inclusion here is the technical drawing for one of these redo's, approvingly inscribed OK MARCEL DUCHAMP).
We might draw art-historical connections to the assisted readymades and tableaux of Duchamp (especially Etant donnes), the paradoxical illusions of image and space in Magritte, as well as to various biblical representations (Gober featured a Virgin with a drainage pipe cut through her middle in his 1997 installation at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art), the Bacchus of Caravaggio (recalled by the bowls of fruit), the severed body parts painted by Gericault, and so on.
Beginning with Duchamp and his readymades, it was employed by countless artists countless times in order to "introduce X into the art context" or to "designate Y as art."
RR: A lot of your work turns out to be handmade readymades, so that ups the ante, doesn't it, because you had to remake found objects with immense care and time and knowledge?