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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 explored here: Duchamp's myriad personal relations (with family, lovers, collectors and artists ranging fro ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 2002 by MFA Publications
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Andy
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Very interesting read for those into Duchamp. A true biography telling of his life, alter-ego, art, and the mysteries behind the man and his art. The author spends a lot of time describing and analyzing the work "Large Glass," which she contends is the most important work of Duchamp's career. I felt that she did not pay as much attention to other groundbreaking works including the impact of ready-mades on popular culture and the art world. That said, I feel closer to Duchamps work, as I feel clo ...more
Michael
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Have you ever read a biography where the biographer seems to really dislike the person she's writing about?

Understandable if the subject is Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, or the Hillside Strangler. But Duchamp? What did he do to her? Does everything short of calling him a big 'ol phony, without actually coming right out and saying it.

You don't often see people this annoyed with someone, where the person isn't their former boyfriend or girlfriend.

In the final pages she gets to why she's pissed at him:
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Suhaila
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
After reading the author's exploration of Duchamp's poetic wordplay, his conceptual work seem even more enigmatic.
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Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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