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Duchamp: A Biography

Calvin Tomkins

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ISBN 10: 0805008233 / ISBN 13: 9780805008234
Published by Henry Holt & Company 1996-11, 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Duchamp: A Biography

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company 1996-11

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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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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