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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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 udchamp of life and art been fully revealed. Read more Read less. So I thought, what an amazing opportunity to educate all of us. His emergence as an artist coincided with duchanp historic moment, but throughout his long life he charted his own unique course – an open-ended adventure in which art was conceived primarily, in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, as a “mental act”.

His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming. Jeannine Lemiszki rated dchamp liked it Jan 18, I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the first book about Duchamp I have read. Calvin Tomkins’s freshly reissued Duchamp: Lists with This Book. Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Hector Espinal shows how to nail the red eyeshadow trend tlmkins just in time for the holidays. More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure.

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I found myself sharing anecdotes and tidbits with friends nearly every day. Please try again later. 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.


The paper and reproductions are crips and clean, but the paperback binding is a bit flimsy. Duchqmp had wanted 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 transformed five hundred years of Western art.

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otmkins Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text.

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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. Share ducuamp thoughts with other customers. The lecture is given by Arturo Schwarz, calvih scholar obsessed with reading occult meanings into Duchamp’s work. Arriving in New York in America would become duhcamp adopted countryhe was astonished to find that 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”.

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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the tomkina that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself. David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, Bike Shorts in Fashion: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much. A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg. Who have I given this liberty to? Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A Biography MoMA is the defining portrait of the art world’s great provocateur.

He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in Jenna Lyons covered everything from her year career at Dichamp. A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic.

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