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Duchamp: A Biography

Calvin Tomkins

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ISBN 10: 0805008233 / ISBN 13: 9780805008234
Published by Henry Holt and Company, NY, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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hardcover in dust jacket., several pages at back of book show a top fore-corner crease from having been folded at very tip.no other flaws - clean, no writing or markings, tight binding. a very well preserved copy.; 550pp., b/w illustrations throughout. well received, the life, in detail. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 14978

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Title: Duchamp: A Biography

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, NY

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition/Second Printing

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A full-scale portrait of one of the fathers of post-modernism reveals Marcel Duchamp's humor, originality, and charm, as well as the artist's romantic affairs and his influence on contemporary personalities. 15,000 first printing. $12,500 ad/promo.

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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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