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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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Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, More decisively than anyone else, Duchamp advanced the idea that art should be its own reality and not an imitation of something outside itself. Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris 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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Tomkkins is the best Duchamp bio.

Dec 15, Megan Kirschenbaum rated it really liked it. Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Joshua Disneyq rated it really liked it Jun 28, For this new edition some of Duchamp’s artworks are reproduced in color where previously they had been in black and white. This makes a biographer’s job difficult. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental.


Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers to Paris a few years before Cubism had revolutionized painting. David rated it really liked it Dec 02, He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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No eBook available Amazon. Tomkins drew from five-and- a-half hours of taped conversations with Duchamp for the new Badlands Unlimited-published book. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art to play chess. Alyn McCarty rated it aclvin liked it May 17, If you are a seller ttomkins this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

One of Tomkins’s greatest strengths is to bring to life not only cuchamp subjects of his biographies but also those, famous or not, with whom they interacted.

His [second] wife, Teeny, who had been married to Pierre Matisse, created this wonderful island.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

A must read for any art lover. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Introduced me to an entirely new and lasting, I hope, influence on my sensibility.


The intention was to see some other side of it that might even be contrary to whatever importance or design it makes. Apr 28, Austin Kleon added it.

Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins

I tlmkins 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. You must do a painting at the most in an afternoon. Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Lives of the Artists: Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published Did someone take it while I was away?

Oct 20, Antiabecedarian added it Shelves: Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. His emergence as an artist coincided with that 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”.

More than 50 years into his run at The New Yorker, Tomkins has proven his own endurance. He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all.

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