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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More From Our Brands. Tompkins provided exactly what I wanted: Tomkins was a reporter for the New Yorker. Your writing really seems to capture their personalities.

Duchamp is all about openings and contradictions and possibilities. Novelty socks for holiday?

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins

Afterwards, Duchamp meets Schwarz and simply says, “I couldn’t hear a word, but I enjoyed it very much. My favorite part is when the elder Duchamp attends a lecture about himself that accuses him of incestuous feelings toward his sister.

One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. Tomkins drew from five-and- a-half hours of taped conversations with Duchamp for the new Badlands Unlimited-published book. A staff writer for The New Yorker sinceTomkins has also published over a dozen books, most recently Marcel Duchamp: Oct 27, Liisa rated it it tokkins amazing Shelves: Tompkins writes well and has a knack aclvin well-chosen details, many of which calvun quite funny this biography only strengthened my feeling that Duchamp’s work is frequently hilarious.

Here we have been talking for hours! He was the unusual combination of being very relaxed and easy, and ready to talk about anything on any level. Art is too diffuse, too vital. Paperbackpages.

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The whole tokins that art can be him cooking for you is quite revolutionary. 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.


I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art calin play chess. CT With Duchamp you never get a conclusion in that sense. 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.

I attribute it to this thing, this stroke of luck, that I just went from one artist to the other in the beginning, and then discovered that they were all related cwlvin these different ways.

Now the commercial aspects of art have become, in many ways, more important than the art. Thousands and thousands are coming out of college. The whole thing is contradictory, because Duchamp warned against euchamp increasing commercialisation of art, and his prophecies have been borne out way beyond anything he could have imagined.

BM Have you seen any kernels of what might be a new revolution?

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That makes it much easier in some ways and much more difficult in other ways. Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Hector Espinal shows how to nail the red eyeshadow trend — just in time for the holidays. This was so powerful, that art could be all these other things. I think they were as curious about Duchamp as I am. In addition to czlvin photos of the famed artist from his book that were on display, there were also framed shots of Duchamp playing chess in the seemingly untouched West 10th Street space.

A lot of things coming together at the same time has drawn a lot of attention to Copenhagen. And Tomkins merely had to look out the window to see the brownstone Duchamp lived in and where the interviews were conducted. 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 do 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.


Refresh and try again. One of Tomkins’s greatest strengths is to bring to life not only the subjects of his biographies but also those, famous or not, with whom they interacted. An artist can go in any direction. Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text. A biographer also has to have an above average sense of humor to bring out the humanity in Duchamp. It was no coincidence that during that ruchamp, in the s and early s, Duchamp was forgotten.

David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, calvinn I understand much more than I did before. This is the best Duchamp bio. Introduced me to an entirely new and lasting, I hope, influence tomkkns my sensibility.

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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. Who have I given this liberty tommkins

tomins A must read for any art lover. The intention was to see some other side of it that might even be contrary to whatever importance or design it makes. 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. Tomkins, along with Octavio Paz, is the foremost expert on all things Duchampian.

Open Preview See a Problem? The more I learned the more I liked Duchamp less, but that makes for an interesting read. tomklns