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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It can be of no interest or importance at all. That makes it much easier in some ways and much more difficult in other ways. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A totally readable, casual set of interviews by someone who’s comfortable enough with Duchamp to tomkisn him out on some funny little b. No book in a long while has made me think as deeply about art as has Calvin Tomkins’ excellent biography of Marcel Duchamp.

Do you thinkhis prediction has come true? BM Have you seen any kernels of what might be a new revolution?

Feb 12, Joe rated it it was amazing. Feb 04, Doug rated it really liked it. 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. 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.

We also have this overproduction of artists in the world. I wanted to know why Duchamp gave up art to play chess.

You keep thinking that sooner or later there has to be a counterrevolution, tomknis that Duchamp will be relegated to a place in art history that is no longer the present. David Sutton rated it really liked it Apr 24, CT Rirkrit is certainly one of the artists who is involved with the social aspects.


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Books by Calvin Tomkins. Sep 22, Tim added it. 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. And as a result, slow work is considered bad: Visual arts, music, dance, performance–nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art’s focus from the retinal to the mental. Want to Read saving…. Robyn Van Gennip rated it did not like it Oct 06, Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published 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.

More often than not, he ends up taking Duchamp’s own explanations at face value, a very dodgy procedure. Duchamp gave the freedom for this situation to become widespread, but the interesting thing is that hardly anybody imitates Duchamp.

His craftsmanship was amazingly good, and he was willing to devote infinite time. Preview — Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. A little rambling at times but awesome if you’re into Dada or any other ism.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Daniel Danzer rated it it was amazing Nov 30, The artworld, cqlvin used to be about 20 people, is now a big international industry. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. John O’Toole rated it it was amazing Jan 17, I mean, you are not considered important at all. To ask other readers questions about Duchampplease sign up. The intention was to see vuchamp other side of it that might even be contrary to whatever importance or design it makes.


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They began to try to figure out what art was instead of just trying to pursue it, and this led them in all sorts of new directions. CT With Duchamp you never get a conclusion in that sense. From the success of native brands like Ganni and Sophie Bille Brahe, to those that move beyond the fashion sphere, Copenhagen has become an epicenter of creativity.

I think they were as curious about Duchamp as I am. This makes a biographer’s job difficult. I can imagine Duchamp thinking this. The Art World of the s [] that I wanted to ask you about. Oct 27, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

BM You wrote something in the introduction to your book Post- to Neo-: Duchamp eludes all attempts to trap him in a systematic theory. I understand much more than I did before. I found myself sharing anecdotes and tidbits with friends nearly every day. 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. He said at one point that the readymade is really a form of expressing the impossibility of defining art.

Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins. Certainly, we no longer can think of art as something that hangs on the wall.