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The Essential Duchamp
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Matthew Affron Cecile Debray
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The Essential Duchamp

Matthew Affron Cecile Debray Alexander Kauffman Michael R. Taylor


Yale University

Art & Architecture;
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -;
Individual artists, art monographs;
Exhibition catalogues & specific collections


200 pages

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An engaging and accessible introduction to one of the 20th century's greatest and most enigmatic artists.

This richly illustrated publication explores the full career of the hugely influential and endlessly fascinating French-American artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). A pioneer whose creative output was predicated on a fundamental questioning of what art is, Duchamp is well known despite remaining mysterious as an artist, owing to his elusive persona and the unconventional nature of his work.

Focusing on the world-renowned Duchamp collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Essential Duchamp tells the artist's story through four key periods. The book begins with his early paintings and engagement with the avant-garde, then charts his abandonment of painting and invention of the readymade. This is followed by the creation of his alter ego Rrose Selavy and the optical experiments of the interwar years, and, finally, by the making of Etant donnes (1946-66), the project that occupied the artist in the final two decades of his life. Shorter accompanying texts include explanations of key terms Duchamp used for his innovative ideas - readymade, precision optics, pictorial nominalism, and infrathin - as well as interviews and statements by the artist about his own art and ideas.

By:   Matthew Affron
Contributions by:   Cecile Debray, Alexander Kauffman, Michael R. Taylor, John Vick
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 187mm, 
ISBN:   9780300233117
ISBN 10:   0300233116
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Matthew Affron is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. C cile Debray is director at the Mus e de l'Orangerie, Paris. Alexander Kauffman is the Andrew W. Mellon-Anne d'Harnoncourt Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael R. Taylor is chief curator and deputy director for art and education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. John Vick is collections project manager, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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