Marcel Duchamp /
Dawn Ades, Neil Cox, and David Hopkins.
London ; New York : Thames and Hudson, 1999.
224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
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London ; New York : Thames and Hudson, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-217) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-12-01:
Of the several recent publications on that notable but elusive protagonist of early modernism, this one has the welcome novelty of being a straightforward, highly intelligible account of his sometimes puzzling undertakings. Free of the gimmickry and pretentiousness that interpretations of his seminal iconoclasm often tend to assume, its nine brief chapters, seamlessly written by collaborating authors, trace Duchamp's career chronologically, from his early involvements with caricature and verbal humor, through his flirtations with symbolism, Cubism, psychic connotations of machinery, and the other irreverent gestures of his middle and later years. Illustrated with 164 color plates and halftone figures that are sometimes small but sufficient to their purpose, Ades's book is clearly intended for the lay reader as well as the initiate, without the taint of condescension. It thus fulfills a worthy and difficult purpose with a certain elegance. The chronology and bibliographical notes are compact but sufficient; list of illustrations follows. All levels. F. A. Trapp; Amherst College
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Few artists have aroused more controversy, nor exerted more influence on art, than Duchamp. He challenged the nature of art, redefining the concept and transformed procedures. Ideas and misunderstandings of his work are examined in this study.
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Since 1914 Marcel Duchamp has been called all of these. No artist of the twentieth century has aroused more passion and controversy, nor exerted a greater influence on art -- the very essence of which Duchamp challenged and redefined as concept rather than product by questioning its traditionally privileged optical nature. At the same time, he never ceased to be engaged, openly or secretly, in provocative and enigmatic activities and works that transformed traditional art-making procedures.This definitive monograph, written with the enthusiastic support of Duchamp's widow, challenges received ideas, misunderstandings, and misinformation.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 6
Originsp. 8
Catholicism and the Symbolist Inheritancep. 24
Passagesp. 42
Dry Art, 'The Retinal Shudder' and the Planning of the Large Glassp. 66
The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (the Large Glass)p. 84
Anti-Art, Rrose Selavy and Surrealismp. 122
The Readymades and 'Life on Credit'p. 146
Replicas, Casts and the Infra-thinp. 172
Etant donnesp. 190
Postscript: Duchamp after Duchampp. 206
Chronologyp. 213
Bibliography and Sourcesp. 215
List of Illustrationsp. 218
Indexp. 222
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