Why another book on Duchamp? Because of all the previous books on Duchamp. Arguably the most influential artist of the 20th century, Duchamp, the son of a successful notary, was also a shrewd manager of his image and interests so much so that many of those who have written about him have been dazzled by his self created persona when trying to assess his elusive legacy and equally elusive character. Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare is not the first full length biography of Duchamp, but it is the first to present him in all his human contradictions and to take a refreshingly objective look at his real contribution to modern art. The well known facts are beautifully explored here: Duchamp's myriad personal relations (with family, lovers, collectors, and artists ranging from Man Ray, Picabia, and Breton to the Stettheimer sisters and the Arensbergs); the creation of major works such as the 'readymades' and the 'Large Glass'; his passion for chess and presumed abandonment of painting. But beyond this, author Alice Goldfarb Marquis looks past the diffident, humorous mask that Duchamp wore with friend and acquaintance alike, to explore the passions and insecurities that motivated many of his artistic and personal evolutions. She separates the artist from the con artist, to determine just how profound an influence Duchamp has really been. Based on numerous unpublished sources and first hand interviews, Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare stands as a groundbreaking contribution to the ever burgeoning field of Duchamp studies.
Prior praise for Alice Goldfarb Marquis:
An excellent job. Marquis has caught the man and the epoch. . . A splendid accomplishment in research and writing. Thomas Hoving on Alfred H. Barr: Missionary for the Modern
Superb, vivid, dynamic biography. . .Captures a world of museum and art world politics rarely glimpsed by the public. Publishers Weekly on Alfred H. Barr: Missionary for the Modern
A lively, detailed history of public arts funding that doesn't shy away from either the hard facts or most of the hard questions. The New York Times on On Art Lessons: Learning from the Rise and Fall of Public Arts Funding
By Alice Goldfarb Marquis.
Clothbound, 6 x 9 in., 400 pages, 24 color and 65 b&w