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Marcel Duchamp
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968.
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Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz, [2002]

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231 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 29 cm
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Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Museum Jean Tinguely Basel, Mar. 20-June 30, 2002.
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N6853.D8 A4 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
N6853.D8 A4 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Marcel Duchamp is considered one of the most important members of the avant-garde and a ground-breaker in 20th century art. As his work provocatively reveals the relationship between art and life and the prerequisites for its existence--thus radically changing the notion of the work of art and its manufacturer--his influence extends well into the present. This book endeavours to trace the different periods of Duchamp's oeuvre by means of a selection of his works, focusing mainly on aspects that influenced Jean Tinguely's oeuvre: The mechanical, movements, and the optical, play and humor, His painting "Nu descendant un escaller (Nude Descending a Staircase) from 1912, in which he dissects the movement of the nude into stills composed of abstract surfaces, thus creating a static picture of movement, is but one example. The publication contains statements by Duchamp himself as well as essays be renowned authors on such topics as the emergence and development of the ready-made concept and its impact on the art of the sixties.

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Library Journal Review

The grandfather of postmodernism and a consummate trickster, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) remains one of the most complicated characters in art history. In addition to an intellectually demanding oeuvre, he made public statements about his life and work that were often elusive, even contradictory. Journalist and historian Marquis (Alfred H. Barr, Jr.) sets out to present what she feels is a much-needed objective look at the artist, the man, and the conundrum. Though she doesn't attempt to discredit Duchamp or previous Duchamp scholarship, she doesn't take his Olympian stature at face value either. Even Duchamp enthusiasts who might bristle at statements like "Duchamp's art, like tripe, is an acquired taste" will likely thrill to the previously unpublished interviews, letters, and bits of gossip contained here. This alone makes the sure-to-be-controversial biography a noteworthy addition to Duchamp scholarship. The uninitiated may want to start with Calvin Tompkins's more admiring Duchamp: A Biography, but this work is recommended to anyone who wants to explore further. With color plates of major works and candid snapshots of the artist and his circle. In contrast to Marquis's fresh approach, the monograph Marcel Duchamp presents solid but typical essays on the master by Duchamp scholars. One of curator Szeeman's goals is to elucidate Duchampian ideas and their effect on other artists, specifically Jean Tinguely. The publisher hoped to have this supersede previous volumes by reproducing individual works in a larger scale and by including some more obscure artwork. But consequently every item is given more or less equal visual importance, which may cause confusion about the actual size of the original. Still, this handsome and fairly comprehensive volume would be useful to libraries that don't already own Anne D'Harnoncourt's Marcel Duchamp, the retrospective catalog by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York.-Douglas McClemont, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This collection of essays and various forms of documentation were produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum Jean Tinguely in Switzerland, as part of "Tinguely's Favorites." Jacques Caumont contributes a time line comparing the work of the artists and an extensive three-part biography for Duchamp. Harald Szeemann describes radicalism in the artist's work in a brief essay linking Duchamp's contributions with those of Joseph Beuys. Dieter Daniels asks if Duchamp is the most influential artist of the 20th century through examination of the ready-made; Elisabeth Bronfen addresses gender difference in the artist's oeuvre. Herbert Molderings describes the result of Duchamp's encounters with art and aesthetics in Munich. Marc Decimo provides an essay on wordplay. Dieter Daniels's 1987 interview with Tinguely and Philippe Collin's 1967 interview with Duchamp are included, as is the text of Duchamp's speech "The Creative Act." To fully appreciate this book, embracing the Dada spirit is essential--the content and form of individual essays as well as the overall arrangement defies reader expectations. There is no rationale to the organization, which is precisely the point. Highly recommended for archival documentation and entertainment. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. E. K. Menon Purdue University

Table of Contents

Guido MagnaguagnoHarald SzeemannJacques CaumontHerbert MolderingsDieter DanielsMarcel DuchampMarc DecimoElisabeth BronfenJacques Caumont
Foreword and Acknowledgementsp. 6
The Gallantry of Radicalismp. 9
Thoughts on Duchamp and Tinguelyp. 12
Relativism and a Historical Sense: Duchamp in Munich (and Basle ...)p. 15
Marcel Duchamp: The Most Influential Artist of the 20th Century?p. 25
Marcel Duchamp Talking about Readymades: Interview by Philippe Collin, Galerie Givaudan, Paris, 21 June 1967p. 37
The Creative Actp. 43
What's at Play in the Wordplay: A Rendezvous Not to Be Missedp. 45
Worksp. 50
Infra-Thin Encounters of an Erotic Kind: Duchamp's Game with Gender Differencep. 145
Often Neglected-But One of the Greats: Interview with Jean Tinguely by Dieter Daniels, Cologne, 12 January 1987p. 155
Biographyp. 168
1. From Madame Bovary to Impressions d'Afrique (1887-1912)
2. Mirage towards Basle and What Followed (1912-15)
3. From La Mariee mise a nu par ses celibataires to Notre Dame des desirs (1915-68)
List of Exhibited Worksp. 206
Further Readingp. 227
Photo Creditsp. 231