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DUCHAMP: A Biography

Tomkins, Calvin

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ISBN 10: 0805057897 / ISBN 13: 9780805057898
Published by Owl Books / Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1998
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8vo. Glossy illustrated covers. 548 pages, with Selected Bibliography and Index. With b/w illustrations. Remainder mark on bottom text block. No names or marks to text. A crisp, square, tight, as new copy of the Owl Books paperback printing. Bookseller Inventory # 2676

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Title: DUCHAMP: A Biography

Publisher: Owl Books / Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very good +

Edition: Reprint.

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A New York Times Notable Book of 1996
Booklist Editor's Choice, 1996

The celebrated, full-scale life of the century's most influential artist. One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. Visual arts, music, dance, performance--nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art's focus from the retinal to the mental. Duchamp sidestepped the banal and sentimental to find the relationship between symbol and object and to unearth the concepts underlying art itself. 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.

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Marcel Duchamp, born into an artistic middle-class French family in 1887, first gained recognition as an artist in 1913 when he submitted his painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 to the Armory Show in New York. The newspapers latched onto it after discovering that there was no trace of a nude, or even a real figure, in the painting, which came to symbolize the movement of modern art toward absurdity, humor, and avant-garde disregard for expectations. As an artist, Duchamp never matched the success and recognition of his most well-known work; later in his career, his works of "art" consisted of signed ceramic urinals. Calvin Tomkins, a writer for The New Yorker who befriended Duchamp in New York in the 1960s, has written the first full-length biography of the enigmatic Dadaist.

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