This revised edition of Calvin Tomkins’s Duchamp: A Biography arrives on the artist from the Time-Life Library of Art; The World of Marcel Duchamp appeared. A New York Times Notable Book of Booklist Editor’s Choice, The celebrated, full-scale life of the century’s most influential artist. One of the giants of the. First published to great acclaim in , New Yorker writer and art critic Calvin Tomkins’ biography of the influential artist Marcel Duchamp () has.

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Feb 04, Doug rated it really liked it. I think I chose well but it is clear that no single book can contain Duchamp’s work and that Tomkijs could easily benefit from reading several–which I will probably do.

FALL Page I looked at several other books about Duchamp before choosing this one. Customers who bought this item also bought.

He had personal acquaintance with every impor No book in a long while has made biograpyh think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

Tompkins could have been a bit more scholarly about those. When a person is as indifferent as MD, why not understand where that attitude came from and which of his many love affairs was able to cut through the detachment? With a few pictures. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Oct 27, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins.


More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure. This is the best Duchamp bio. I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful book to everyone who knows how to read English. In Duchamp, Tomkins has found a biographer’s greatest challenge — a subject of such wide ranging intellect that the biographer must himself possess great intelligence and imagination in order cqlvin grasp the implications of the ideas which he’s outlining.

Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not like it Oct 06, The author spoke with Ann TemkinChief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, and artist Paul Chan to discuss Duchamp’s storied career, new revelations about his life discovered in recent years, and the lasting influence of his work on the art of today. Other editions – View all Duchamp: Introduced me to an entirely new and lasting, I hope, bioyraphy on my sensibility.

Tomkins, along with Octavio Paz, is the foremost expert on all things Duchampian.

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Mutt on an upside-down urinal or you have read any number of books about the artist you should read this book! Maybe he should write another book about how he wrote this one. To ask other readers questions about Duchampplease sign up. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Seems pretty exhaustively researched, is humorous and entertaining, and is also great at discussing the various main interpretations of Duchamp’s work and legacy.

More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the idea that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself.


Text by George O. Which sent me scurrying through the citations. See and discover other items: Lists with This Book. Please try again later. Lamar Anderson rated it really liked it May 28, Jeannine Lemiszki rated it liked it Jan 18, No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp.

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Duchamp: A Biography

Because even though you CAN curl up with this one, there must be something better to curl up with. The authoritative Biography on the original “non-artist”. Five Masters of the Avant-Garde. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Tomkinw, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is x a new and revised edition of the landmark biography to commemorate the th anniversary of Duchamp’s first Readymade, “Bicycle Wheel,” a later version of which is in MoMA’s collection. I didn’t expect a deep artistic analysis and I got in spades what I expected – a bit of insight into the thinking of Duchamp and the human being he was.

Lehtinen, Laura Mart, Ilan Stavans. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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