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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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Oct 27, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 perfect writer to bring this stunning life story to intelligent readers everywhere.

Other editions – View all Duchamp: 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. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

No eBook available Amazon. A good read – with enough detail – to get you familiarized with Marchel Duchamp. 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 tpmkins I feel is 20th century’s most important artist. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. This thoroughly researched, eminently readable book is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography. Other editions – View all Duchamp: I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the first book about Duchamp I have read. A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – Tomkins states he isn’t going to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word.


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This book is important because it inspires everyone to question everything you take for granted, to,kins enjoy puns and jokes and the lighter side of life, and that art is there for everyone, cakvin for patrons and the elite, for you and me, and that the contrary notion is absurd.

A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call him out on some funny little b. One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. There doesn’t seem to be a hidden agenda.

Duchamp: A Biography

Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Duchhamp a few years before Cubism had revolutionized painting. Calvin Tomkins’s freshly reissued Duchamp: The Shock of the New: Set up a giveaway. Tompkins provided exactly what I wanted: Dominic Smith rated it really liked it Nov 28, Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: The author spoke with Ann TemkinChief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, and artist Paul Chan to discuss Duchamp’s storied career, new revelations about his life discovered in recent years, and the lasting influence of his work on the art of today.

Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. The alchemy and supernatural deification q mentioned but only in the context of other writers when he gives a useful run-down of them and what they have written about MD. And he explains it all very well.


Duchamp’s constant refusal to see art as “retinal” tokmins 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. I understand much more than I did before. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Because even though you CAN curl up with this one, there must be something bigraphy to curl up with.

Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made.

Seems pretty exhaustively researched, is humorous and entertaining, and is also great at discussing the various main interpretations of Duchamp’s work and legacy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

Introduction by Arlif Dirlik.