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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 wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in I read it back to back twice. See and discover other items: I found myself sharing anecdotes and tidbits with friends nearly every day. A Biography MoMA is the defining portrait of the art duchsmp great provocateur. I think they were as curious about Duchamp as I am. 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 and comprehensive book I’ve encountered.

I like the exhaustive biographical research put into this book, but Tompkins unabashed hero worship of Duchamp has been taken a bit too far, despite the long shadow Duchamp has cast upon art. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. I understand much more than I did before.

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 duchzmp 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.


Calvin Tomkins’s freshly reissued Duchamp: 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.

Account Options Sign in. Duchamp was at the center of a storm cloud of creativity.

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Mar 05, Maria Gambale rated it really liked it. The author’s intimacy with the subject and glorious prose style, wit, and deep sense of irony–“the only antidote to despair”–make him the ducbamp writer to bring this stunning life story to intelligent readers everywhere.

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Other editions – View all Duchamp: More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the idea that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

He mostly focuses on the man and the people he met along the way. The book is NOT a boring monograph; it is a lot of fun to read. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


He had personal acquaintance with every impor No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp. Because he lived in New York City on 14th Street for a period of his life, his biography seems surprisingly present day.

This is the best Duchamp bio. Alot of it could be considered gossip but when a guy’s entire oeurve is about humor and eroticism, why not read the stories behind the jokes and the love affairs that inspired the work?

Explore the Home Gift Guide. A good read – with enough detail – to get you familiarized with Marchel Duchamp.

Duchamp: A Biography

See all 10 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made. New Bestsellers Trade Academic D. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.