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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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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the first book about Duchamp I bjography read. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Described by Jay Jacobs biiography 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. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

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Duchwmp from and sold by Amazon. See all 10 reviews. Refresh and try again. More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the x that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself. I’m taking a class on Duchamp right now and this effortlessly readable biography has been such a fun companion to the more theoretical things I’ve been assigned. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


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With a story line you can dance to. Marcel Duchamp’s life is sometimes described as his greatest work of art, but not until now, with the publication of Calvin Tomkins’s monumental biography, has the interplay of life and art been fully revealed.

Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. Tompkins is a Duchamp enthusiast but manages to wade through the mythology and bull to present the reader with the rosetta stone of Duchamp’s life and art. Tomkins states he isn’t going to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word. 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 doesn’t seem to have the theoretical equipment for more trenchant analysis.

He mostly focuses on the man and the people he met along the way. Text by George O. duchammp

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What Are You Looking At?: A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call him out on some funny little b. Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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”.


English Choose a language for shopping. Add both to Cart Add both to List. The Shock of the New: Edited with afterword by Georg Vrachliotis. Set up a giveaway. 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.

But what I like about this book is that, for the most part, his point of view is down-to-earth and reasonable. 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.

With a few pictures. I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art to play chess. A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available –