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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Tompkins writes well and has a knack for well-chosen details, many of which are quite funny this biography only strengthened my feeling that Duchamp’s work is frequently hilarious.

Return to Book Page. 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 man I feel is 20th century’s most important artist.

More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure. Showing of 10 reviews. Because he lived in New York City on 14th Street for a period of his life, his biography seems surprisingly present day.

Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call him out on some funny little b. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Account Options Sign in. In Duchamp, Tomkins has found a biographer’s greatest challenge — a subject of such wide ranging intellect that the ducgamp must himself possess great intelligence and imagination in order to grasp the implications of the ideas which he’s outlining. FALL Page Translation by Krishna Winston. The Shock of the New: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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This book paints a real vivid portrait of MD the person as opposed to the comic book charcter you’ve all been instructed to adore. 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.

The lecture is given by Arturo Schwarz, duchamo scholar obsessed with reading occult meanings into Duchamp’s work. He just puts each piece in the context of a life. This thoroughly researched, eminently readable book is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography. He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all.

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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?

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Oct 20, Antiabecedarian added it Shelves: I haven’t read it yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buy the selected items together This item: Nov boography, Danica rated it really liked it. One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art.

Duchamp: A Biography

Did someone take it while I was away? Goodreads cwlvin you keep track of books you want to read. David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, Maybe he should write another book about how he wrote this one. But it was not mandatory and therefore refreshing.

Duchamp made no effort to promote himself or his work, and when fame overtook him, not once but twice, at two widely spaced intervals, he greeted it with ironic amusement.

Tompkins sets the bigraphy well and drops in many insights on Modern art in general.

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A terrific read by Calvin Tomkins. Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published Duchamp sidestepped the banal and sentimental to find the relationship between symbol and object and to unearth the concepts underlying art itself.

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