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Marcel Duchamp (World of Art)

Dawn Ades, Neil Cox

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One of the most original and important books ever written on this enigmatic artist


Genius, anti-artist, charlatan, guru – impostor? Since 1914 Marcel Duchamp has been called all these. No artist of the 20th century has aroused more passion and controversy, nor exerted a greater influence on art, whose very nature 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 activities and works which transformed traditional artmaking procedures.

Thirty years of research have gone into this accessible text on a complex artist. Written with the enthusiastic support of Duchamp’s widow, this is one of the most original and important books ever written on this enigmatic artist, and challenges received ideas, misunderstanding and misinformation.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 164

Publication date: 7 June 1999

ISBN: 9780500203224

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 Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Writings on Art and Anti-Art, Marcel Duchamp (with Neil Cox and David Hopkins) and Photomontage. Among the exhibitions she has organised or co-organised are ‘Art in Latin America’ (1989); ‘Fetishism: Visualising Power and Desire’ (1995); ‘Salvador Dalí: The Centenary Retrospective’ (2004); ‘Undercover Surrealism’ (2006); and ‘Dalí/Duchamp’ (2017–18).

Professor Neil Cox is currently Chair in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh and was formerly lecturer in Art History and the Theory of Art at the University of Essex.

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