Marcel Duchamp: The Duchamp Book

Marcel Duchamp: The Duchamp Book
Library Shelf Location 18.DUCH
Publication Date 2008
Description An accessible, illustrated introduction to one of the twentieth century's most inluential artists, that de-mystifies previous, often obscure accounts. Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was, without doubt, one of the most influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century. No other artist has attracted such a wealth of contradictory interpretation and commentary. Associated with Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, he avoided being too closely allied with any one art movement. Credited with the invention of the 'readymade' and a champion of what he termed non-retinal art, he was nevertheless responsible for some of the most iconic works of his era, including "Nude Descending a Staircase" (1912), "The Large Glass" (1915-23), "Fountain" (1917) and "Etant donnees" (1946-66). In "The Duchamp Book", Parkinson tackles both Duchamp's work and its interpretations, in view of the fact that as his work principally focuses on ideas rather than objects, the two are inseparable. The book begins with an accessible introduction to Duchamp's career, putting the reader on a secure footing for the arguments that follow. In the following chapters, Duchamp's work is explored through key themes: the question of authorship and identity; the artist's preoccupation with eroticism; the twin poles of alchemy and science that have played such a part in interpretations of Duchamp; the uses of language of secrecy in his work; and the fundamental role of humour and play in his practice that has often confounded high-minded critics. Through its close examination of Duchamp's actual works and the demystifying of much of the frequently obscure discourse that surrounds them, "The Duchamp Book" makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of one of the most enigmatic but essential artists of recent times.
ISBN 1854377663
Quantity 1
Pages 197
Author Gavin Parkinson
Format Paperback
Related Artist Marcel Duchamp
Categories Drawing, Conceptual Art, Painting, Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Science, Eroticism, Authorship
Artist's Nationality French
Language English

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