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. A New York Times Notable Book of Booklist Editor’s Choice, The celebrated, full-scale life of the century’s most influential artist. One of the giants of the. First published to great acclaim in , New Yorker writer and art critic Calvin Tomkins’ biography of the influential artist Marcel Duchamp () has.

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A must read for any art lover. Joshua Disneyq rated it really liked it Jun 28, Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 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.

To him, the accumulation of critical interpretations over the years obscure the essential playfulness of the work, and he likes to whip Arturo Schwarz for taking a psychoanalytical approach, but surely he could have found a more worthy and interesting opponent.

Duchamp: A Biography

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.

Before joining The New Yorker, he was a general editor of Newsweek, a post he held from through Duchamp is widely considered one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, yet his personal life remained an enigma throughout his avidly scrutinized career.

The second time I took notes. If you are remotely interested in learning about the beginning of conceptual art – and Duchamp – the father of this movement – this book is a very good place to start. Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. I think they were as curious about Duchamp as I am.


David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not like it Oct 06, Which sent me scurrying through the citations. I read it back to back twice.

Mar 15, Roberta rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much.

Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published There doesn’t seem to be a hidden agenda. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Henry Holt- Artists – pages. Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, Edited biogeaphy text by Emmanuel Guigon. Did someone take it while I was away?

Duchamp: A Biography – Calvin Tomkins – Google Books

Tompkins provided exactly what I wanted: Arriving in New York in America would become his adopted countryhe was astonished to find that his reputation – as the French artist whose Duchzmp Descending a Staircase had been the notorious sensation of the Armory Show two years earlier – was “equaled only by Sarah Bernhardt and Napoleon”.

A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This is the best Duchamp bio. Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition March 15, Language: A Biography Calvin Tomkins No preview available – I can’t speak to any of these concerns as this is the first book about Duchamp I have read.

One of the giants of the ducha,p century, Tomkind Duchamp changed the course of modern art.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Biogrraphy 05, Maria Gambale rated it really liked it. I found myself sharing anecdotes and tidbits with friends nearly every day.

The alchemy and supernatural deification is mentioned but only in the context of other writers when he gives a useful run-down of them and what they have written about MD.


There are many facts about his day tomkinns day life, but after while it gets boring. 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. Duchamp sidestepped the banal and sentimental to find the relationship between symbol and object and to unearth the concepts underlying art itself.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This book is important because it inspires everyone to question everything you take for granted, and enjoy puns and jokes tommkins the lighter side of life, and that art is there for capvin, not for patrons and the elite, for you calin me, and that the contrary notion is absurd.

Edited with afterword by Georg Vrachliotis. I could read it every day. 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.

Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Tompkins writes well 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. There are some things we’ll never know about him. Feb 04, Doug rated it really liked it.

One of the giants of the twentieth century, Duchampp Duchamp changed the course of modern art. He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine inand his first fact piece in A terrific read by Calvin Tomkins.