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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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Duchamp: A Biography

Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, tommins He just puts each piece in the context of a life. Jeannine Lemiszki rated it liked it Jan 18, Duchamp’s constant refusal to see art as “retinal” and his insistence that any object made by anyone could be a tomklns of art, made him a leading figure of movements as diverse as Surrealism and Pop.

In the world of Duchampiana that wouldn’t be unreasonable. 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 tokins human being he was.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The bad news is Duchamp is a bit opaque, even here, so the legend lives on. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The immense amount of background detail reflects the authors long relationship with the subject and the entire arc of the art of the era.

This is the most thorough book I’ve ever read on Duchamp. Alexander Keren rated it it was amazing Apr 02, Nov 18, Danica rated it really liked it.


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Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition March 15, Language: A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – To him, the accumulation of critical interpretations over the years obscure the essential playfulness of the work, and he likes to whip Arturo Schwarz for taking a psychoanalytical approach, but surely he could have found a more worthy and interesting opponent. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental.

He lives in New York City. But it was not mandatory and therefore refreshing. The authoritative Biography on the original “non-artist”. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.

Paperbackpages. A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic.

In addition to being an incredible artist in his own right, he also created some incredible modern solutions for promoting his friends’ shows and galleries. I enjoyed this biography, because — even through the cold, hard stare of the art historian and critic — you can hear Tomkins’ awe and admiration for the man I feel is 20th century’s most important artist.

Tompkins does his level best to provide a context for the work, but while he uncovers information about how the work came into being as in his account of the famous “Fountain” readymade and does a good job of describing the formal qualities of individual pieces, he do Although he was sociable and a leader in the Village art scene for decades, Duchamp always kept himself a bit aloof and didn’t reveal all that much about his thinking or his personal life.


Add both to Cart Add both to List. The Bride and the Bachelors: Very readable biography that duchmap you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made. He mostly focuses on the man and the people he met along the way. Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

A terrific read by Calvin Tomkins. FALL Page Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 22, Tim added it. Review “If you’re interested in where it all came from-pop art, minimal art, performance art, process art, kinetic art, antiform art, multimedia art or any other labels-get hold of Duchamp at once.

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Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not like it Oct 06, Tompkins obviously did alot of research for this book.

Tmokins a customer review. This is the best Duchamp bio. I think I chose well but it is clear that no single book can contain Duchamp’s work and that I could easily benefit from reading several–which I will probably do.