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Dialogues With Marcel Duchamp

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  530 ratings  ·  41 reviews
With an introduction by Robert Motherwell and an appreciation by Jasper Johns

"Marcel Duchamp, one of this century's pioneer artists, moved his work through the retinal boundaries which had been established with Impressionism into a field where language, thought and vision act upon one another. There it changed form through a complex interplay of new mental and physical mat
Paperback, 152 pages
Published August 22nd 1987 by Da Capo Press (first published 1967)
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Marcel Duchamp never read Proust. He did not get to know Malraux. Just watched a Godard movie - Masculin / Féminin.
However, its concept of cinema as an artistic expression, I consider it, from the point of view, very interesting. Their eschatological view of death seemed to be a bit vague, in fact, like all opinions about spiritual salvation. He speaks of theatre, which is a hypothesis to explore, as indeed others of his interest.

There is a theme to explore in this book, firstly, and in particul
Onsetsu Evan Cordes
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Don't read this.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El pensamiento de Duchamp me ha quedado claro después de esta lectura, independientemente del contenido de Duchamp, la traducción es impecable, además de original en cuanto a edición y diseño del libro. El trabajo de la editorial Alias ha sido de los mejores que he visto en años.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Duchamp is the greatest artist in the 20th Century. And this book is a fascinating conversation between the artist and Pierre Cabanne about his work and his aesthetic. Very much an essential read with respect to 20th Century art practices.
Jesús Garza
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Le doy cuatro estrellas por el carácter de Duchamp y el maravilloso/original trabajo de traducción.
Marlies Rijneveld
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Geleend van Ben / tweede keer gelezen voor mijn scriptie. Het is zoveel leuker in het hoofd van een maker te kijken dan zijn werk te zien.
Greg Mills
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, low-key book that shows DuChamp as his eternally bemused, lucid self.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: painting
دوشان گاهی به نکات تفکر بر انگیزی اشاره می‌کند. گرچه وجود کلی اسامی اشخاص و وقایع نا آشنا خواندن مصاحبه را کمی دشوار می‌کرد. دوشان ابتدا نقاش بود. کمی امپرسیونیست. کمی کوبیست تغییر یافته. .او مفتون نشان دادن ایده‌ی حرکت است مثلن در نقاشی "برهنه از پلکان پایین می‌آید"سپس نقاشی را رها کرد. "من فکر می‌کنم نقاشی مرده. تابلو بعد از ۴۰ سال می‌میرد، چون تازگی‌اش از دست می‌رود. مجسمه هم مرده. این دادای اختصاصی من است که هیچ‌کس قبولش ندارد. برایم بی‌تفاوت است." دوشان وقتی درباره‌ی آثارش مثل حاضر آماده‌ها ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
I enjoyed this book very much. An interview with one of the century’s most brilliant minds about his work and his past, which is also a past of major parts in modern art that wouldn’t be the same without him.

Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ο άνθρωπος επινοεί την τέχνη.Η τέχνη δεν θα υπήρχε χωρίς αυτόν.Ότι επινοεί ο άνθρωπος δεν έχει πάντα αξία.Η τέχνη δεν έχει βιολογική προέλευση. Απευθύνεται σε ένα γούστο.

-Marcel Duchamp

let Me
youR baggage
I will Carry it for you
No nEed :
I'm wearing aLl of it.

(John Cage)
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
He would have been a very interesting man to meet.
I really enjoyed hearing in his own words how he thought about his own art and found him to be strong in his own opinions but really not caring much at all about how others saw or felt about him.
Refreshing, and quite different in some cases in regard to his art and what his intentions were, or were not,
compared to some of the things I have read written about him and his work.
Yongbin Shu
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A man with endless curiosity on new stuff but short patience on existing ones. A man having many principles but promoting non-principles. A man hating monotonicity but living an unexciting life. A man disliking judgment but behaving on likeness. A man full of contradiction but seeing no conflicts. Some words he used a lot are: amusing, indifference, monotonous, and finished.
Wenqian Liu
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Interviewed by someone that knows enough to make the conversations worthwhile.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a man!
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duchamp es uno de mis artistas favoritos. En estas conversaciones habla sobre sus trabajos como Desnudo bajando escaleras y el Gran vidrio. También se deja ver como personas: a veces detestable y a veces tierno, siempre a la defensiva. Es grato porque Cabanne logra, en estas conversaciones, arrojar un poco de luz sobre un Marcel Duchamp tan hombre como cualquier otro.

Es una lectura bastante agradable, yo lo leí en la traducción de Alias Editorial, que aunque realizada por grandes nombres del ar
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was excellent. Literary time travel. Conversations with the past. Filled with amusing ideas and with keen, idiosyncratic insights. Akin to a bowl of talking soup. Or maybe an electric umbrella. It struck me how often Duchamp said that he found something "amusing". His ethos seems to boil down to curiosity and amusement, and less about the "big" questions. And perhaps that's how it should be. I found it useful to have my iPhone handy to Google the more obscure artists he references and their ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This interview, conducted the year before his death, finds Duchamp confident, bemused, and thoughtful; his precise and reserved wit occasionally pierces through the facts asked after and indifferently produced. There is also a cute moment when Duchamp mentions Robert Motherwell (editor of this edition and the "Documents of 20th Century Art" series) and how he makes his "money easily" -- in reply, footnote 13 reads: "? [Ed.]" But all that is mythical and uncontrollable about Duchamp's work is har ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of course, the book is very topic-specific and will not necessarily interest everyone, but those who are interested in Duchamp and his work, this is a wonderful beginning. The chronology at the end provides a great summary of everything he did and went through in his life, but the text itself provides so much valuable background information and a real insight into his mind, his thoughts, the impetus behind his work. The dialogues are actually dialogues - natural and easy to follow.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visita guiada a la obra y pensamiento de Duchamp. La entrevista recoge lo necesario para entender el contexto en que vivió el artista - o artesano - francés.

Me quedo con la sensación que, después de todo, el mundo no ha cambiado tanto para los que desean dedicarse al arte. Duchamp invita a profundizar en las propuestas de las nuevas generaciones y a que rompan todos los moldes y límites establecidos.
Vangelis Venetsanopoulos
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
i am a duchamp fanboy, so i really enjoyed these conversations. good insight on how he was thinking and acting, also draws lines to the art of his time.
Kevin McDonagh
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Marcel's boundless personality shines through this series of intimate interviews exploring his life & career. After years of relative public inactivity, 79 y/o Duchamp seemed to be having a second wind with a series of shows and promotion, however in reality Duchamp never stopped creating or being engaged with those whom he regarded friends in the Art world. It just took 50 years or so for wider Art appreciation to catch up to his ambition. In high spirits, Duchamp welcomes the opportunity to re ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I like living, breathing better than art is that of living. Each second, each breath is a work which is inscribed nowhere, which is neither visual nor cerebral, it's a sort of constant euphoria.”
Lunga intervista che Marcel Duchamp concesse a Pierre Cabanne nel 1966, pubblicata quello stesso anno e ripubblicata dieci anni dopo.
È una lettura molto interessante (se non si è completamente digiuni di arte contemporanea e di Duchamp nello specifico), ma, come era del resto prevedibile, l'intervistato gioca, scherza, svilisce sé stesso e la sua opera, ogni tanto ricorda fatti e date con assoluta precisione, altre volte è vago e si confonde.
E su tutto colpisce che uno dei temi principali sia
El Divino Bambú
Fascinante. Luminoso. Realmente no había leído un testimonio tan esclarecedor sobre el periodo de las vanguardias. Duchamp no solo cuenta su aventura personal, sino salpica el diálogo con algunas ideas que son a su manera los fragmentos de un balance. Muchas de estas permiten observar por un instante el entramado detrás de la experiencia vanguardista. Después de leer esto uno solo puede estar agradecido por esta traducción. Altamente recomendable.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cred foarte mult in erotism, deoarece este o valoare destul de raspandita in toata lumea, un lucru pe care oamenii il inteleg destul de usor. El inlocuieste - daca pot sa spun asa - tot ceea ce alte scoli au numit simbolism, romantism...este o modalitate de a scoate la lumina zilei lucruri care stau mereu ascunse. //
- Ce sentimente v-au animat in acele vremuri?
- O curiozitate de nestapanit.
Marcel Duchamp raspunzand la intrebarea lui Pierre Cabanne, 1966
//////// L.H.O.O.Q
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Duchamp always said that writers write for themselves and not their subject, and this is certainly proved true by the series of interviews that Cabanne conducted with him over the last decade of his life-- Duchamp dispels many of the fetishistic tendencies that so many writers have fallen into when trying to articulate many of the intentionally oblique aspects of his work. In this slim volume, Duchamp speaks for his own work, and it might be all you need to know.
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: artists and art lovers
Recommended to Thomas.harrop by: Ralph Gibson, photographer
Shelves: read-in-the-past
Great book about the nature of art. I don't really like Duchamp's art and the whole idea of the Dada movement that much but this book lets you into his world to see what his thought processes was. It strips away all of the academic crap where people try to second guess what he was thinking and goes right to the source.

I would love to buy another copy as my original copy was stolen by someone I used to work with. Email me if you have one you can part with.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Duchamp laid much of the conceptual groundwork for the direction of art up to today from Warhol to Nauman. He was concerned with art and artists as social and institutional constructs, preceding these issues becoming ubiquitous in art discourse. In conversation his unusual wit, perception, and irreverence really come through.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and thought-provoking dialogue with the great experimental artist Marcel Duchamp. Sometimes he's just having silly fun with his comments, but even then he's never less than interesting. Those looking for deep philosophical explorations of modern art will have to look elsewhere.
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