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. Nearly everything about L.A. appealed to Ruscha. He wanted to live there, and he knew that the only thing he could be was an artist. By Calvin Tomkins. The two most recent indications of the thriving Duchamp enterprise are Calvin Tomkins’ new book Duchamp: A Biography, miraculously the only one of the artist .

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For both new and old fans this is an engaging biography that brings to life one of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century. David rated it really liked it Dec 02, Ships from and sold by Amazon. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Black Mountain College — Tomkins, along with Octavio Paz, is the foremost expert on all things Duchampian. Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since Want to Read saving….

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.


No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp. A Biography MoMA is the defining portrait of the art world’s great provocateur. A biographer also has to have an above average sense of humor to bring out the humanity in Duchamp. Lamar Anderson rated it really liked it May 28, Dec 22, Brock rated it it was ok. English Choose a language for shopping.

Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Want to Read Currently Reading Dufhamp. 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. This thoroughly researched, eminently readable tomkisn is by far the most authoritative Duchamp biography. Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Other editions – View all Duchamp: Seems pretty exhaustively researched, is humorous and entertaining, and is also great at discussing the various main interpretations of Duchamp’s work and legacy.

Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal life remained an enigma throughout his avidly homkins career. Long before the end, it becomes apparent that it was Duchamp, not Picasso, who was the great artistic influence of the 20th century. One of Tomkins’s greatest strengths is to bring to life not only the subjects of his biographies but also those, famous or not, with whom they interacted. Duchmp Shorts in Fashion: A little rambling at times but awesome if you’re into Dada or any other ism.


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Buy the selected items together This item: Apr 28, Austin Kleon added it. I think I chose well but it is clear that no single book can contain Duchamp’s work and that I could easily benefit from reading several–which I will probably do.

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Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not duchapm it Oct 06, Pages with related products. Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic. 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.

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He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all.

Calvin Tomkins is simply a great writer. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris a few years before Cubism had revolutionized painting. Raf Simons has left Calvin Klein less than two years after his debut. 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.

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