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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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. Other editions – View all Duchamp: With a story line you can dance to.

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Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. Because he lived in New York City on 14th Street for a period of his life, his biography seems surprisingly present day.

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. Tompkins does his level best 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 doesn’t seem to have the theoretical equipment for more trenchant analysis.


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. Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. A Biography A John Macrae book. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. English Choose a language for shopping. Get to Know Us. I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art to play chess. This makes a biographer’s job difficult.

I looked at several other books about Duchamp before choosing this one. 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. Alot of it could be considered gossip but when a guy’s entire oeurve is about humor and eroticism, why not read the stories behind the jokes and the love affairs that inspired the work?

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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. This is the best Duchamp bio. Marcel Duchamp’s life is sometimes described as his greatest work of art, but not until now, with the publication of Calvin Tomkins’s monumental biography, has the interplay of life and art been fully revealed.

The Shock of the New: Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text.


This is the most thorough book I’ve ever read on Duchamp. Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made.

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The bad news is Duchamp is a bit opaque, even here, so the legend lives on. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

There are many facts about his day to day life, but after while it gets boring. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Translation by Krishna Winston.

But it was not mandatory and therefore refreshing. Dec 15, Megan Kirschenbaum rated it really liked it. I haven’t read it duchsmp Sep 22, Tim added it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: These items are shipped dudhamp and sold by different sellers. So I just ignore those parts.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. Pages with related products. There are some things we’ll never know about him. Maybe he should write another book about how he wrote this one.