Marcel Duchamp: Work and Life / Ephemerides on and about Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Selavy 1887-1968

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9780262082259: Marcel Duchamp: Work and Life / Ephemerides on and about Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Selavy 1887-1968

texts by Jennifer Gough-Cooper and Jacques Caumont

As the century draws to a close, it becomes increasingly clear how profoundly Marcel Duchamp influenced the trajectory of modem art. This remarkable book with its more than 1,300 illustrations covers 70 years of Duchamp's artistic production and traces his elusive personae across that same span. It documents his extraordinary achievements in painting and sculpture as well as his life-long involvement with chess, film, theater, and people - from intimate encounters to artistic liaisons.

Marcel Duchamp is designed as a double-faced publication: from one direction, entitled Works, it contains a catalogue reproducing Duchamp's paintings, sculptures, and miscellaneous objects (150 illustrated in color). From the other direction, entitled Ephémérides, unfolds a day-by-day account of the artist's life, organized by astrological sign. The greater part of this detailed chronology relies upon unpublished materials. It is enriched by 1,200 documents and photographs, including a number of works by Duchamp that have never before been reproduced. Each section is printed on a different color paper.

Sandwiched between these two sections is a concordance listing writings by and about Duchamp, a bibleography (letters sent by Duchamp), exhibition catalogues, a chronology of chess games, and a filmog­raphy.

Pontus Hulten, Director of the Palazzo Grassi in Venice between 1985 and 1989, is the chief curator of the Duchamp exhibition in Venice. Jennifer Gough-Cooper and Jacques Caumont are Duchamp scholars who have devoted themselves exclusively to Duchamp studies for the past fifteen years.

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From Library Journal:

A dense and prodigious work befitting the grandfather of postmodernism, this volume is both a compilation of finished works and an intricate and comprehensive archive. It is unlike other art publications in that it must be opened and read from both sides. Pristine reproductions of Duchamp objects and notes and a chronological bibliography/index and timeline comprise about one-third of the book when read one way. When flipped over, the book presents a cradle-to-grave breakdown of the life of Marcel Duchamp--ordered by day of the year, with events of that day in various years appearing together. Included are important historical data, significant correspondences, and photos, as well as accounts of intimate dinner parties with other artists. Although this ambitious edition supersedes many previous reference works on Duchamp, it is not intended as an introduction. It contains little scholarly commentary, and cross referencing within the book can be difficult to follow. For an uninitiated user it may seem unapproachably detailed, even cryptic. However, any art student, scholar, or Duchamp enthusiast will find this unprecedented collection of primary material endlessly fascinating. A treasure chest that is crucial to a complete understanding of this century's preeminent art guru, prankster, philosopher, and tool and die maker; highly recommended as a companion to Marcel Duchamp: Artist of the Century (MIT, 1989) or Pierre Cabanne's Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp ( LJ 9/15/71). --Douglas McClemont, New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Duchamp (1887-1968), the high priest of conceptual art, would have admired this high-concept book, which catalogues his mingling of the cultural high-brow and the quotidian. Readers can begin at either end of this double-faced volume. In one direction, glossy pages display superb photographs of a collection of Duchamp's works assembled for a recent exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. Featured works include found objects--such as the famous urinal--as well as paintings, drawings and ingenious constructions. Interspersed throughout this section are passages reproduced from the artist's handwritten notes. Paging through from the other side of the book, one encounters a chronology of Duchamp's life and career, listing events both significant and mundane. Included in the middle section are indexes of works, exhibitions and a bibliography. The book will be prized by scholars and aficionados of modern art. Hulten is the chief curator of the Duchamp exhibition in Venice; Gough-Cooper and Caumont are Duchamp scholars.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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