Duchamp has ratings and 19 reviews. Frank said: No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biogra. 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.

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As the grandfather of what came to be known as Conceptual art, his idea that art was not solely and exclusively a visual thing has permeated the atmosphere. 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.

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But no revolution lasts forever. 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. BM Have you seen any kernels of what timkins be a new revolution? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The lecture is given by Arturo Schwarz, a scholar obsessed with reading occult meanings into Duchamp’s work. And as a result, slow work is considered bad: Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text.

I do get people, including artists, who said tomkibs read The Bride and the Bachelors when they were in art school, or even before, and that it had a big influence on them. Refresh and try again. That was 50 years ago. No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography calvib Marcel Duchamp.


He said at one point that the readymade is really a form of expressing the impossibility of defining art.

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What if it turns out that the solution to unemployment is that, as Joseph Beuys said, everyone is an artist? Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published He was the unusual combination of being very relaxed and easy, and ready to talk about anything on any level.

I respect the art of criticism and I read critics with great interest and delight, but I never wanted to be one. Or given the fact that he himself continues to have such a strong influence, does that suggest continuity? Lamar Anderson rated it really liked it May 28, Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, His attitude can be learned from, but the things he did cannot. A mistake that is made over and over again by people who are thinkers about Duchamp is that they try to figure out a system that explains him.

A lot of things coming together at the same time has drawn a lot of attention to Copenhagen. A must read for any art lover.

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You must do a painting at the most in an afternoon. The more I learned the more I liked Duchamp less, but that makes for an interesting read. This is the best Duchamp bio. A staff writer for The New Yorker sinceTomkins has also published over a dozen books, most recently Marcel Duchamp: CT I doubt it. A little rambling at times but awesome if you’re into Dada or any other ism.


He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all.

A bit of holiday glitter on Fifth Avenue. This makes a biographer’s job difficult. 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. Apr 28, Austin Kleon added it. In Duchamp, Tomkins has found a biographer’s greatest challenge — a subject of such wide ranging intellect that the biographer must himself possess great intelligence and imagination in order to grasp the implications of the ideas which he’s outlining.

Duchamp had no interest in systems, and his work cannot be explained that way.

When I started, there was no art coverage in the news magazines and there was no regular coverage, even in Time. Paperbackpages.

It was no coincidence that during that period, in the s and early s, Duchamp was forgotten. We also have this overproduction of artists in the world.

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To ask other readers questions about Duchampplease sign up. John O’Toole rated it it was amazing Jan 17, One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. Many of the other titles were “thesisy” smacking of academia and I thought otmkins popular biography would be a better place for a laymen to start.