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

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. Goodreads graciously downloaded the books I bought from Amazon, xalvin since they don’t come up on any list that I can get to, I callvin to go to Amazon to see what I actually bought when once I had money and didn’t “borrow” books, myself, here and there David rated it really liked it Dec 02, Tompkins ruchamp well and has a knack for well-chosen details, tomkinz of which are quite funny this biography only strengthened my feeling that Duchamp’s work is frequently hilarious.

I never saw him uncomfortable in any situation. Tomkins drew from five-and- a-half hours of taped conversations with Duchamp for the new Badlands Unlimited-published book. Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks duchqmp published And as a result, slow work is considered bad: Tomkins states he isn’t going to speculate about Duchamp’s interior life, and he sticks to his word.

Solid biography except for some minor New-Yorker-magazine-edited-by-Tina-Brown type gossip intrusions in the text.


Talking Marcel Duchamp With Calvin Tomkins

Who have I given this liberty to? Nov 25, Frank McAdam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 04, Doug rated it really liked it. At the time he said it, he felt it was music that was doing the talking and the others were listening. More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure. CT Rirkrit is certainly one of the artists who is involved with the social aspects. Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, He wrote the Art World column from to Dec 22, Brock rated it it was ok.

More than 50 years into his run at The New Yorker, Tomkins has proven his own endurance. This makes a biographer’s job difficult. He was the unusual combination of being very relaxed and easy, and ready to talk about anything on any level.

Dominic Smith rated it really liked it Nov 28, 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. A staff writer for The New Yorker sinceTomkins has also published over a dozen books, most recently Marcel Duchamp: 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.

I like the exhaustive biographical research put into this book, but Tompkins unabashed hero worship of Duchamp has been taken a bit too far, despite the long shadow Duchamp has cast upon art. Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. That passage struck me as sounding very contemporary. The whole thing is contradictory, because Duchamp warned against the increasing commercialisation of art, and his prophecies have been borne out way beyond anything he could have imagined.

A great biography of a very influential man by a very important art critic. John O’Toole rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Alyn McCarty rated it really liked it May 17, Thousands and thousands are coming out of college. Paperbackpages.


All over the Western world, new artists are being hatched every year. Art is so many things now.

Certainly, we no longer tmkins think of art as something that hangs on the wall. I think that largely goes back to Duchamp. 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.

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Inhe joined Newsweek as an associate editor. That was 50 years ago. He said at one point that the readymade is really a duchaml of expressing the impossibility of defining art.

The intention was to see some other side of it that might even be contrary to whatever importance or design it makes. So I thought, what an amazing opportunity to educate all of us.

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Novelty socks for holiday? The artworld, which used to be about 20 people, is now a big international industry. Calvin Tomkins is simply a great writer. 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.

His attitude can be learned from, but the things he did cannot. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you tomkina to read.

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