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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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He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all. David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, Want to Read saving…. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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duhcamp Write a customer review. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris I read it back to back twice. Tompkins sucks the reader right into the mind of Duchamp on the first page with a discussion and analysis of The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, one the the greatest and most misunderstood and unappreciated works of the last century.

One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. 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 to grasp the implications of the ideas which he’s outlining. Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Paperbackpages. Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal life remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career.


Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: Showing of 10 reviews. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In addition to being an incredible artist in his own right, he also created some duchap modern solutions for promoting his friends’ shows and galleries.

Because even though you CAN curl up with this one, there must be something better to curl up with. With a few pictures. Did someone take it while I was away? Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made. Read more Read less. Five Masters of the Avant-Garde.

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These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Valvin 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. This thoroughly researched, eminently readable book is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography. Seems pretty exhaustively researched, is humorous and entertaining, and is also great at discussing the various main interpretations of Duchamp’s work and legacy.

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I could read it every day. What Are You Looking At?: 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. Tompkins sets the context well and drops in many insights on Modern art in general. A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic. The more I learned the more I liked Duchamp less, but that makes for an interesting read.


Tomkins, from his unique vantage point as both an accomplished art critic and a friend of Duchamp’s since the late s, presents a piercing portrait of Duchamp, adeptly analyzing his art and career while also recounting his personal life, influences and relationships. Arriving in New York in America would become his adopted countryhe was astonished to find that his reputation – as the French artist whose Nude Descending a Staircase had been the notorious sensation of the Armory Show two years earlier – was “equaled only by Sarah Bernhardt and Napoleon”.

His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming. Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Feb 12, Joe rated it it was amazing. A must read for any art lover.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Who have I given this liberty to? Described by Tomkis Jacobs in Arts Magazine as “one of the best writers on any subject,” Calvin Tomkins has been a New Yorker writer for thirty-five years and author of ten books including the bestselling Living Well is the Best Revenge.

The second time I took notes. And he explains it all very well. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the tomlins again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental.