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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His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming. One person found this helpful. He duchajp personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all.

Duchamp: A Biography

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This thoroughly researched, eminently readable book is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. 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. Please try again later.

When a person is as indifferent as MD, why not understand where that attitude came from and which of his many love affairs was able to cut through the detachment? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.


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Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris a few years before Cubism had revolutionized painting. Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: He had personal acquaintance with bkography impor No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp.

To him, the accumulation of critical interpretations over the tomkinss 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. 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 Dduchamp, Even, one the the greatest and most misunderstood and unappreciated works of the last century.

A biographer also has to have an above average sense of humor to bring out the humanity in Duchamp. See and discover other items: He mentions damn near every work MD ever bography but he doesn’t dwell on that aspect of it.

Tompkins sets the context well and drops in many insights on Modern art biogrqphy general. Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text. Account Options Sign in. Dominic Smith rated it really dichamp it Nov 28, I suppose you could say that Duchamp’s real work of art was his life, and while Duchamps himself remains elusive, the portraits of Picabia, Jarry, Wood, Arensburg, etc are fascinating.


No eBook available Amazon. If I want to make leaps of faith I’ll do it on my own, thank you. Apr 28, Austin Kleon added it.

He just puts each piece in the context of a life. I could read it every day.

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A terrific read by Calvin Tomkins. His emergence as an artist coincided with that historic moment, but throughout his long life he charted his own unique course – an open-ended adventure in which art was conceived primarily, in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, as a “mental act”.

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