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By Thomas Girst

“Girst elegantly unravels the skeins of Duchamp’s pondering. . . . an important compendium for complicated out a vital artist.” —Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

one of the such a lot influential artists of the final hundred years, Marcel Duchamp holds nice attract for plenty of modern artists around the globe and is basically thought of to be one of many founding fathers of recent artwork. regardless of this reputation, books on Duchamp are usually hyper-theoretical, hardly proposing the artist in an obtainable approach. This new booklet explores the artist’s existence and paintings via brief, alphabetical dictionary entries that introduce his legacy in a transparent and interesting way.

From alchemy and anatomy to Warhol and home windows, The Duchamp Dictionary bargains a pithy and readable textual content that attracts on in-depth scholarship and the very most modern study. Thomas Girst comprises on the subject of 2 hundred entries at the best and significant works of art, relationships, humans, and ideas in Duchamp’s life—from The Bicycle Wheel and Fountain to Walter and Louise Arensberg, Peggy Guggenheim, Katherine Dreier, and Arturo Schwarz. pleasant, newly commissioned illustrations introduce each one letter of the alphabet and accompany choose entries, taking pictures the irreverent spirit of the artist himself. fifty nine colour illustrations

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36. 27. Duchamp, in a letter to Maria Martins of 12 October 1948, quoted in Taylor, 2009, p. 409. 28. Matisse (ed. ), 1983, n. p. (Note no. 24). F 1. Baruchello and Martin, 1985, p. forty three; Lydie Fischer Sarazin-Levassor, 2007, p. seventy one. 2. Matisse (ed. ), 1983, n. p. (Note no. 190). three. Ibid. (Note no. 191). four. Ibid. (Note no. 192). five. Ibid. (Note no. 199). 6. Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia, ‘Marcel Duchamp: Fluttering Hearts’ (1936), in Hill (ed. ), 1994, pp. 15–18, p. 15. 7. Ray, 1988 (1963), p. seventy three. eight. Quoted from Moira and William Roth, ‘John Cage on Marcel Duchamp: An interview’, in Basualdo and conflict (eds), 2012, pp. 224–27, pp. 126–37, p. 127. nine. electronic mail to the writer, thirteen June 2013. 10. M. Naumann and Obalk (eds), 2000, p. 29 (from a letter of nine August 1917 to Ettie Stettheimer). eleven. Ibid, p. one hundred thirty five (from a letter of 26 July 1923 to Ettie and Carrie Stettheimer). 12. Barr and Sachs (eds), 1961, pp. 138–39. thirteen. Quoted from Stieglitz, 1917, p. 15. 14. Blake Gopnik, ‘Duchamp’s Fountain was once Subversive – yet Subverting What? ’, The day-by-day Beast (15 December 2011), (21 April 2013). Gopnik is quoting the discovering of pupil Ezra Shales. 15. Camfield, 1989, p. 37. sixteen. Ibid. , p. 38. 17. Quoted in Steefel Jr, 1977, p. 312, fnf. 39. 18. Quoted in Stauffer, 1981, p. 276 (letter of 28 may possibly 1961). 19. Cabanne, 1987, p. forty. 20. Quoted in Sanouillet and Peterson (eds), 1989, p. a hundred forty five. 21. Freytag-Loringhoven, quoted in Watson, 1991, p. 271. 22. Quoted in Naumann, 1994, p. seventy two. 23. Kuh (1961), 2000, pp. 81–93, p. eighty three. 24. Cabanne, 1987, p. 35. 25. Sanouillet and Peterson (eds), 1989, p. a hundred forty five. G 1. Marquis, 2002, p. 284. 2. Quoted in Tomkins, 1976, p. sixty seven. three. Quoted in Gough-Cooper and Caumont, in Hultén (ed. ), 1993, in the access for 12 April 1960, n. p. four. Quoted in an interview with Otto Hahn, in ibid. , in the access for 23 July 1964, n. p. five. Marcel Duchamp in an interview with Otto Hahn, ‘Passport No. G255300’, paintings and Artists, vol. 1, no. four (New York, July 1966), pp. 6–11, p. 10. 6. Tomkins, 2013, p. 29. 7. Quoted in Linde, 1965, p. five. eight. Cabanne, 1987, p. 106. nine. Tomkins, 2013, p. eighty five. 10. Naumann and Obalk (eds), 2000, p. 344 (from a letter of four October 1954 to André Breton). eleven. George Heard Hamilton and Richard Hamilton in dialog with Duchamp, ‘Marcel Duchamp Speaks’, BBC 3rd Programme (October 1959); released as a tape by means of Furlong (ed. ), 1976. 12. Ibid. , p. 348 (from a letter of eight March 1956 to Jehan Mayoux). thirteen. Quoted in Gough-Cooper and Caumont, in Hultén (ed. ), 1993, in the access for thirteen could 1960, n. p. 14. Sanouillet and Peterson (eds), 1989, p. seventy five. 15. Matisse (ed. ), 1983, n. p. (Note no. 179). sixteen. Steven Heller, e mail to the writer (5 February 2013). 17. Quoted in Gough-Cooper and Caumont, in Hultén (ed. ), 1993, in the access for 15 January1956, n. p. 18. Philippe Collin, Marcel Duchamp, tv interview for the programme ‘Nouveaux Dimanches’ on the Galerie Givaudan, Paris, 21 June 1967; English translation released as ‘Marcel Duchamp speaking approximately Ready-mades’, in Museum Jean Tinguely Basel (ed.

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