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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David rated it really liked it Dec 02, Duchamp made no effort to promote himself or his work, and when suchamp overtook him, not once but twice, at two widely spaced intervals, he greeted it with ironic amusement. This is primarily a text book but there are illustrations and photographs throughout.

A Biography MoMA is the defining portrait of the art world’s great provocateur. Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply tomkin, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Account Options Sign in. Return to Book Page. Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not like it Oct 06, And as a result, slow work is considered bad: I think I chose well but it is clear that no single book can contain Duchamp’s work and that I could easily benefit from reading several–which I will probably do. Until the very end, Dandyish Duchamp was determined to live a life of full of fun and optimism.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. 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 interplay of life and art been fully revealed. A biographer also has to have an above average sense of humor to bring out the humanity in Duchamp.

Book Summary: Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins

I never saw him uncomfortable in any situation. Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Hector Espinal shows how to nail the red eyeshadow trend — just in time for the calvon. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental.

Fascinating, bold, and insightful. I understand much more than I did before.

Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. 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.

Raf Simons has left Calvin Klein less than two tomklns after his debut. Although he was sociable and a leader in the Village art scene for decades, Duchamp always kept himself a bit aloof and didn’t reveal all that much about his thinking or his personal life.

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Dkchamp can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is fomkins first book about Duchamp I have read. 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 the 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.


Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal to,kins remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career.

Goodreads graciously downloaded the books I bought 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 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.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, Black Mountain College — Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text. I received this book as a gift it is without a doubt a insightful biography Tomkins explains that he is not a art critic because he actually likes the artists!