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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Long before the end, it becomes apparent that it was Duchamp, not Picasso, who was the great artistic influence of the 20th century. He wrote the Art World column from to Goodreads graciously downloaded the books I caalvin from Amazon, and since they don’t come up on any list that I can get to, I had to go to Amazon to see what I actually bought when once I had money and didn’t “borrow” books, myself, here and there 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.

His [second] wife, Teeny, who had been married to Pierre Matisse, created this wonderful island. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call him out on some funny little b.


Tompkins writes clavin and has a knack for well-chosen details, many of which are quite funny this biography only strengthened my feeling that Duchamp’s work is frequently hilarious. Lamar Anderson rated it really liked it May 28, The production values of the book are fair. Tompkins provided exactly what I wanted: Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much.

I could read it every day.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. 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 tomkina art was conceived primarily, in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, as a “mental act”.

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Born into a large, closely knit bourgeois family, Duchamp followed his older brothers yomkins Paris Henry Holt- Artists – pages. A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic.

Dominic Smith rated it really liked it Nov 28, Joshua Disneyq rated it really liked it Jun 28, Tomkins states he isn’t going to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word. What I can say is that as someone who had a slim but strong appreciation for Duchamp’s work and knew almost nothing of his life and personality, I found this book to be readable, interesting, and insightful. Many of the other titles were “thesisy” smacking of academia and I thought this popular biography would be a better place for a laymen to start.


Tomkins drew from five-and- a-half hours of taped conversations with Duchamp for the new Badlands Unlimited-published book. Set up a giveaway. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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A bit of holiday glitter on Fifth Avenue. I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this duchmp the first book about Duchamp I have read.

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Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, See all 3 reviews. Account Options Sign in. Tompkins does his level best to provide a context for the work, but while he uncovers information about how the work came into being as in his account of tomins famous “Fountain” readymade and does a good job of describing the formal qualities of individual pieces, he doesn’t seem to have the theoretical equipment for more trenchant analysis.

Dec 15, Megan Kirschenbaum rated it really liked it.

I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art to play chess. He had personal acquaintance with every impor No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp. We saw him speak at the New Orleans museum of art with his wife calivn an evening to remember.