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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It’s probably best for beginners to read about MD’s art instead of his life. Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Duchamp: A Biography

A good read – with enough detail – to get you familiarized with Marchel Duchamp. Nov 18, Danica rated it really liked it. I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the biograhy book about Duchamp I have read. He just puts each piece in the context of a life.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In Duchamp, Tomkins has found a biographer’s greatest challenge — a subject of such wide calvvin intellect that the biographer must himself possess great intelligence and imagination in order to grasp the implications of the ideas which he’s outlining.

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Maybe he should write another book about how he wrote this one. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 Bachelors, Even, one the the greatest and most misunderstood and unappreciated works of the last century.

The immense amount of background detail reflects the authors long relationship with the subject and the entire arc of the art of the era. 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.

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I found myself sharing anecdotes and tidbits with aclvin nearly every day. I’m taking a class on Duchamp right now and this effortlessly readable biography has been such a fun companion to the more theoretical things I’ve been assigned. Did someone take it while I was away?

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The Shock of the New: I was an Art History major in college and hence suffered through so many authoritative, pretentious, dry, bland, misinformed, prejudiced and yawn-inducing books that it was tojkins a pleasure to stumble onto Tompkin’s Duchamp, which is a reader’s book, totally apt since Duchamp was a man’s man, a genius, not a theorizing weasal.


I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful book to everyone who knows how to read English. Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal life remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career.

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Fritz Margull, Hilke Ohsoling. 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.

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. Refresh and try again. Set up a ducyamp.

I could read it every day. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. 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.


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