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In his early thirties, Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) convinced everyone that he had abandoned making art in favor of playing chess. But from 1946 to 1966, he was secretly at work in his studio on West 14th Street in New York City. There he produced his final masterpiece: Étant donnés: 1º la chute d'eau, 2º le gaz d’éclairage, composed of a battered wood door through which one ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published 2009)
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Tosh
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Incredible images and documentation on Marcel Duchamp's great and his last piece of work "Etant donnes. When everyone thought he was playing chess, Duchamp has been working secretly on his late masterpiece. A work that is still disturbing and frankly shocking.

Violence, eros, and mystery all wrapped in one art work. Yale University did a fantastic job in putting this volume together. There are tons of Duchamp books out there, but this is truly an essential volume. The more one writes about this
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SL
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because no book on this piece could possibly be more thorough, more beautiful and more fascinating. The final section with Duchamp's correspondence with Maria Martins is heartbreaking. I must off to https://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitio... ...more
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Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Michael Taylor's essays on Duchamp are insightful. This is a beautiful book and I'm sure the exhibition was stunning as well.
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Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a highly informative documentation of the creation of Duchamp's last, and highly important, work.
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