Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare : a Biography

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MFA Publications, 2002 - Art - 359 pages
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Taking a refreshingly objective look at Duchamp's real contribution to modern art, this gorgeous hardbound volume explores his myriad personal relations, his creation of major works, his passion for chess and his presumed abandonment of painting. It also moves beyond Duchamp's diffident mask to explore the passions and insecurities that motivated his artistic and personal evolutions, separating the artist from the con artist, to determine how profound an influence he has been. Based on first-hand interviews, the book also includes almost 100 gorgeous illustrations.

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A nice bio about a very important and important artist of the 20th century. duchamp is best known for Nude Descending a Staircase and the ready mades. he was a interesting man that wanted his life to be a work of art Read full review

Marcel Duchamp: the bachelor stripped bare: a biography

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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 ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Alice Goldfarb Marquis, an award-winning journalist and historian, was born in Munich, Germany, and is now a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego. Her published works Include Art Lessons: Learning from the Rise and Fall of Public Arts Funding, The Art Biz: The Covert World of Collectors, Dealers, Auction Houses, Museums, and Critics, and Alfred H. Barr, Jr.: Missionary for the Modern. In 2002, she published Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare (MFA Publications), which the Washington Times called "the most sober appraisal yet of this artist.

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