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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Edited with afterword by Georg Vrachliotis. Want to Read saving…. Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – Calvln of 10 reviews.

A good read – with enough detail – to get you familiarized with Marchel Duchamp. Paperbackpages.

Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition March 15, Language: 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.

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 duchakp do.

Duchamp: A Biography

One person found this helpful. 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. Five Masters of the Avant-Garde. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and duchajp new followers and customers.


I haven’t read it yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 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. Arriving in New York in America would become his adopted countryhe was astonished to find duchmp 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”.

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Calvin TomkinsMarcel Duchamp. Now, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is publishing a new and revised edition of the landmark biography to commemorate the th anniversary of Duchamp’s first Readymade, “Bicycle Wheel,” a later version of which duchhamp in MoMA’s collection.

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If I want to make leaps of faith I’ll do it on my own, thank you. An audio file of the talk is below. The Shock of the New: I didn’t expect a deep artistic analysis and I got in spades what I expected – a bit of insight into the thinking of Duchamp and the human being he was. Because even though you CAN curl up with this one, there must be something better to curl biograpjy with. It made me want to pull out a Buick-sized coffee table monster and appreciate it.

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Mar 05, Maria Gambale rated it really liked it. The author’s intimacy with the biograpyy 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.

He just puts each piece in the context of a life. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Featured portrait is reproduced from Duchamp: I think they were as curious about Duchamp as I am.


Tompkins does his level duchmap 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 do Although he cslvin 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.

Write a customer review. To ask other readers questions about Duchampplease sign up. David rated it really liked it Dec 02, Maybe he should write another book about how he wrote this one. What I can say is that as someone who had a slim but strong appreciation for Duchamp’s work and knew almost nothing of his life and personality, I found this book to be readable, interesting, and insightful.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. Oct 20, Antiabecedarian added it Shelves: The second biogrzphy I took notes. Lists with This Book. If you are remotely interested in learning about the beginning of conceptual art – and Duchamp – the father of this movement – this book is a very good place to start. Text by George O.