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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Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much. Did someone take it while I was away? His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming.

I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the first book about Duchamp I have read. Pages with related products. He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all. The bad news is Duchamp is a bit opaque, even here, so the legend lives on.

Jeannine Lemiszki rated it liked it Jan 18, A Biography MoMA is the defining portrait of the art world’s great provocateur. 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 buography being he was.


A must read for any art lover. See and discover other items: See all 10 reviews. This book paints a real vivid portrait of MD the person as opposed czlvin the comic book charcter you’ve all been instructed to adore. Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: Lehtinen, Laura Mart, Ilan Stavans. What Are You Looking At?: I read it back to back twice.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

Feb 12, Joe rated it it was amazing. His emergence as an artist coincided with that historic moment, but throughout his long life he charted his own unique course – an open-ended adventure in which art was conceived primarily, in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, as a “mental act”. One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art.

He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in Edited with afterword by Dongyoun Hwang. A good read – with enough detail – to get you familiarized with Marchel Duchamp.

Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. Other editions – View all Calvon No more Buick-sized coffee table books bkography 70 pound upside-down tomes to wrestle with. My favorite part is when the elder Duchamp attends a lecture about himself that accuses him of incestuous feelings toward his sister.

And I think I have some idea, as I’ve been doing research for a film about Marcel Duchamp, and this is the best, most detailed tomkjns comprehensive book I’ve encountered.

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Tompkins writes well and has a knack for well-chosen details, many of which are quite funny this biography only strengthened my feeling that Duchamp’s work is frequently hilarious. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Duchamp: A Biography

Duchamp’s constant refusal to see art as “retinal” and his insistence that any object made by anyone could be a work of art, made him a leading figure of movements as diverse as Surrealism and Pop.

There was a problem ducuamp reviews right now. This book is important because it inspires everyone to question everything you take for granted, and enjoy puns and jokes and the lighter side of life, and that art is there for everyone, not biovraphy patrons and the elite, for you and me, and that the contrary notion is absurd.

Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. Five Masters of the Avant-Garde.