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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CT With Duchamp you never get a conclusion in that sense. Duchamp’s constant refusal to see art as “retinal” and his insistence that any object made by anyone could be a work of art, made him a leading figure of movements as diverse as Surrealism and Pop.

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Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. His antics are awe inspiring as they are heart warming. Oct 20, Antiabecedarian tomkinss it Shelves: Tomkins drew from five-and- a-half hours of taped conversations with Duchamp for the new Badlands Unlimited-published book. Contemporary art, particularly, was considered a ridiculous and foolish aberration. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I can imagine Duchamp thinking this. To ask other readers questions about Duchampplease sign up. 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 in these different ways.

Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Want to Read saving…. Raf Simons has left Calvin Klein less than two years after his debut. Forty-four years after their first conversation, Tomkins said what still stands out about Duchamp was his complicated nature.

Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, They can figure out new ways of living and existing with the resources at hand. Very readable biography that immerses you in the world Duchamp lived in and explains the way Etant Donne got made.


Dominic Smith rated it really liked it Nov 28, 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. His craftsmanship was amazingly good, and he was willing to devote infinite time. A lot of people thought he was dead. A mistake that is made over and over again by people who are thinkers about Duchamp is that they try to figure out a system that explains him. Art is too diffuse, too vital.

Tomkins states he isn’t going to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word. And Tomkins merely had to look out the window to see the brownstone Duchamp lived in and where the interviews were conducted. Duchamp gave the freedom for this situation to become widespread, but the interesting thing is that hardly anybody imitates Duchamp. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a general editor of Newsweek, a post he held from through His [second] wife, Teeny, who had been married to Pierre Matisse, created this wonderful island.

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. A staff writer for The New Yorker sinceTomkins has also published over a calvib books, most recently Marcel Duchamp: CT One of them that comes to romkins is Paul Chan, whose art, to me, is completely unpredictable.

Dec 22, Brock rated it it was ok. His attitude can be learned from, but the things he did tomlins. Tompkins does his level best to provide a context for the work, but while he uncovers information cavin 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 euchamp, Duchamp always kept himself a bit aloof and didn’t reveal all that much about his thinking or his personal life.


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. In addition to the 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. Cameron McPherson rated it it was amazing Jan 11, A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to call him out on some funny little b.

I mean, you are not considered important at all.

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He had personal acquaintance with every important artist of the century and was a subversive influence on them all. No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp. Tomkins, along with Octavio Paz, is the foremost expert on all things Duchampian. 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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That was 50 years ago. You could say that the Abstract Expressionist period was the anti-Duchampian era of the art establishment.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. Your writing really seems to capture their personalities.

Talking Marcel Duchamp With Calvin Tomkins

This was so powerful, that art could be all these other things. Calvin Tomkins is simply a great writer. This is the best Duchamp bio. Dec 15, Megan Kirschenbaum rated it really liked it.