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The complete works of Marcel Duchamp - Collectible Art Books

The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp - Arturo Schwarz
Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp - Pierre Cabanne with Preface by Salvador Dali

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The complete works of Marcel Duchamp - Arturo Schwarz

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), the principal leader and guiding spirit of the Dada movement and the Surrealism was and still is one of the most fascinating, influential, and controversial figures in the history of modern art. From his first moment of fame in 1913, when Nude Descending a Staircase No 2 became the sensation of the Armory Show in New York, he has remained a vital and liberating force. Indeed, his influence was so strong that the fact of his physical death in October 1968, was deliberately ignored by Arturo Schwarz - the author of this great art monograph, except in a small, moving epitaph printed as the last chapter of this volume.

 

 The complete works of Marcel Duchamp - מרסל דושאן - ספרי אמנות - Arturo Schwarz

   The back cover of The complete works of Marcel Duchamp by Arturo Schwarz

מרסל דושאן (1968 - 1887) היה ניהיליסט מבטן ומלידה ששלל את כל הערכים והמוסדות בחברה האנושית וקרא תיגר על המשמעות של המושג אמנות ועל אלו ש"מורשים" לשפוט את ערכה. ביצירותיו התאמץ לנתץ את כל המוסכמות האמנותיות ולכפור בכל הערכים הקיימים.

דרכו של מרסל דושאן להטיל ספק בערכו של השיפוט האסתטי ובערכה של יצירת האמנות היתה ספוגה בהומור מסוים שעיקרו הצגה אבסורדית ואירונית של המציאות שמסביב - לעג לטכנולוגיה, ל"מודרניזם" ולמדע של תקופתו. השימוש ברדי מייד Ready Made - מוצרים וחומרים מוכנים מחיי היום-יום שדושן הוציא אותם מהקשרם, עשה את שלו והצליח להזיז את הצופים מעמדותיהם המקובעות ולו לרגע קט.

גם נושאי אמנות מסורתיים כגון עירום ומיניות טופלו על ידי דושאן בדרכו המיוחדת - גוף האדם מוצג כאלמנט טכני, א-מיני ולאו דוקא אסטטי. אצל דושאן הראש עובד שעות נוספות.

Duchamp's work, which began by attacking the pretensions of academic art, developed into a questioning of the fundamental validity of art itself. This collectible book, which is the definitive work on Duchamp, was created and designed over a period of many years by Arturo Schwarz, the author, working in close collaboration with the artist. It sparkles with intellectual excitement - the author has taken to heart Duchamp's sage advice: "Have fun, if not you'll bore us"...

 

The complete works of Marcel Duchamp - מרסל דושאן - ספרי אמנות - Arturo Schwarz


The book is divided into three main parts. The first discusses the series of unconventional works which led Duchamp to explore many different expressive possibilities. Among these are the Readymades and the optical works. In this portion there is also much fascinating biographical material. The second part is devoted to a detailed discussion of Duchamp's masterpiece, The Bride Stripped by Her Bachelors, Even, which is also known as the Large Glass, and which the author establishes as the focal point of his curve.

 

Marcel Duchamp plays Chess - The Bride Stripped by Her Bachelors, Even is in the background

Marcel Duchamp plays Chess - The Bride Stripped by Her Bachelors, Even is in the background

Following the first two parts is a section devoted to source material. Duchamp's complete works are detailed in the Critical Catalogue Raisonne. Then come a Topographical Index of Duchamp's works and a comprehensive Descriptive Bibliography of Marcel Duchamp's Writings, Lectures, Translations, and Interviews. A bibliography of Works Quoted and the Index complete this outstanding and scholarly achievement. The catalog also includes Duchamp's most important late work - a highly complex "environment" now reassembled at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Although Duchamp worked on this piece intermittently from 1946 to 1966, its existence was made public only in 1969.

The illustrations were selected in consultation with the artist, who approved the plates for the utmost fidelity to the original works of art.


Hardcover: 630 pages, over 750 illustrations 75 in colour
Publisher: Thames and Hudson, London, First edition (1969)
Language: English

ISBN-10: 0500090548 / 0-500-09054-8

References:
Dada: Art and Anti-Art - Hans Richter, David Britt
Surrealist Art - Sarane Alexandrian

Price: $Call

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Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp - Pierre Cabanne with Preface by Salvador Dali  

These interviews with Marcel Duchamp took place in his studio at Neutili (near Paris) where he and his wife lived during the six months they spent in France each year. It was the first time that the most disconcerting inventor in contemporary art has agreed to talk about and explain, so profoundly and at such length his actions, his reactions, his feelings, and the choices he has made.

Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp - מרסל דושאן - Pierre Cabanne

The author, Pierre Cabanne writes that Duchamp gave these interviews with a "serenity from which he never departed, and which gave his theorems an undeniable grandeur; one divined a man not only detached, but preserved. He speaks in a calm, steady, level voice; his memory is prodigious, the words that he employs are not automatic or stale, as though one is replying for the nth time to an interviewer, but carefully considered. Only one question provoked in him a marked reaction: near the end, when I asked him whether he believed in God..."

מרסל דושאן היה, בין היתר, מכור לשחמט. בשלב מסוים אף הכריז שהוא "פורש מן האמנות" ומתמסר לשח, וכיון שנולד למשפחה מבוססת, יכול היה להרשות זאת לעצמו. האהבה האובססיבית לשחמט חילחלה גם ליצירותיו - במיוחד אני אוהב את זו הקרויה מלכודת (עמדת שח ידועה הנקראת בצרפתית Trebuchet) שכללה מתלה למעילים אשר מוסמר לרצפה ותפקידו להכשיל את הצופה - זה הפיל אותי.

Marcel Duchamp - Trebuchet

Marcel Duchamp - Trebuchet

 

Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: Thames and Hudson, London, First edition (1971)
Language: English

ISBN-10: 0500610010 / 0-500-61001-0
ISBN-13: 9780500610015 

Price: Call

 

Item: B1026 - Marcel Duchamp Monographs

 

 

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