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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Lamar Anderson rated it really liked it May 28, A bit of holiday glitter on Fifth Avenue. We saw him speak at the New Orleans museum of art with his wife truly an evening to remember. He had duchhamp to put art at the service of the mind, and, as Tomkins makes clear, it was this ambition – fueled by his use of language, chance, optics, film, and other metavisual techniques, and above all by his famous readymades – that quietly undermined and eventually ducamp five hundred years of Western art.

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He had personal acquaintance with every important capvin of the century and was a subversive influence on them all. A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – Share your thoughts with other customers. Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second calivn.

Feb 04, Doug rated it really liked it. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, More than 50 years into his run at The New Yorker, Tomkins has proven his own endurance. 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. Duchamp sidestepped the banal and sentimental to find the relationship between symbol and object and to unearth the concepts underlying art itself.


Here we have been talking for hours! Seems pretty exhaustively researched, is humorous and entertaining, and is also great at discussing the various main interpretations of Duchamp’s work and legacy. Refresh and try again. Write a customer review. I never saw him uncomfortable in any situation. Pages with related products.

See all 3 reviews. Nov 18, Danica rated it really liked it. More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the idea that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself.

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I could read it every 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. Lists with This Book. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Afterwards, Duchamp meets Tmkins and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much. A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic.

Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, This is primarily a text book but there are illustrations and photographs throughout. Also newly added and updated for this tomkinz is material about Duchamp’s love affair with Maria Martins which set into motion his ladt major work, Etant donnes.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Introduced me to an entirely new and lasting, I hope, influence on my sensibility. 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.

The production values of the book are fair. One of these items ships sooner than the other. One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ships from and sold by Amazon. And there is also more in-depth information about that final work which had tkmkins to light since the biography was first published.

Oct 27, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: A little rambling at times but awesome if you’re into Dada or any other ism.

I looked at several other books about Duchamp before choosing this one. Black Mountain College — Want to Read Currently Reading Read. His antics are ca,vin inspiring as they are heart warming.