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Marcel Duchamp (World of Art)

Dawn Ades, Neil Cox, David Hopkins


One of the most original and important books ever written on this enigmatic artist, now fully revised and updated

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Genius. Anti-artist. Charlatan. Impostor! Marcel Duchamp has been called all of these. Almost no other artist of the twentieth century has inspired more passion – or greater controversy. Duchamp challenged the very nature of art, striving to redefine it as conceptual rather than as a ‘product’; his influence is felt everywhere in today’s art world. Always the provocateur, he never ceased his engagement, openly or secretly, in activities and works that transformed traditional modes of art-making.

This revised and expanded edition of Marcel Duchamp remains one of the most original books written on this enigmatic artist. Featuring a new chapter and preface, as well as updates throughout, this is the definitive introduction to Duchamp. Generously illustrated, this volume combines significant research by three expert authors to challenge and reshape history’s presumptions, misunderstandings, and misinformation about Marcel Duchamp and his legacy.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 264 pp

Illustrations: 172

Publication date: 18 March 2021

ISBN: 9780500204702

Contents List

Foreword, Preface • 1.Origins • 2.Catholicism and the Symbolist Inheritance • 3.Passages • 4.Dry Art, ‘The Retinal Shudder’ and the Planning of the Large Glass • 5.The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (the Large Glass) • 6.The Readymades and ‘Life on Credit’ • 7.Optics and Film • 8.Anti-Art, Rrose Sélavy and Surrealism • 9.Replicas, Casts and the Infra-thin • 10.Etant donnés • Postscript – Duchamp after Duchamp • Chronology, Bibliography and Sources

About the Author

Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. She has written extensively on Dada, Surrealism, photography and women artists, among other things. Publications include Dalí and Writings on Art and Anti-Art. Neil Cox is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Cubism and The Picasso Book, and has written numerous essays connecting art and philosophical ideas. David Hopkins is Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of many books, most recently After Modern Art 1945-2017 and Dark Toys: Surrealism and the Culture of Childhood.