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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Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

Customers who bought this item also bought. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Tomkins, along with Octavio Paz, is the foremost expert on all things Duchampian. The intention was to see some other side of it that might even be contrary to whatever importance or design it makes. 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.

Mar 05, Maria Gambale rated it really liked it. He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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Tomkins states he isn’t toomkins to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word. He 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.

A little rambling at times but awesome if you’re into Dada or any other ism. His [second] wife, Teeny, who had been married to Pierre Matisse, created this wonderful island.

Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made. I ducgamp 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.

John O’Toole rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I never saw him uncomfortable in any situation.

No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp.

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Share your thoughts with other customers. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Calvin Tomkins is simply a great writer.


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Joshua Disneyq rated it really liked it Jun 28, Forty-four years after their first conversation, Tomkins said what still stands out about Duchamp was his complicated nature. Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his dchamp life remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career.

Leap Before You Look: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Inhe joined Newsweek as an associate editor. The more I learned the more I liked Duchamp less, but that makes for an interesting read. A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call tomkns out on some funny little b. 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.

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