WorldCat Identities

Tomkins, Calvin 1925-

Works: 177 works in 573 publications in 9 languages and 20,824 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Writer of accompanying material, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Interviewee, Contributor
Classifications: N6853.D8, 709.04
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Calvin Tomkins
Most widely held works by Calvin Tomkins
The world of Marcel Duchamp, 1887-1968 by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
36 editions published between 1961 and 1985 in English and Dutch and held by 3,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Surveys the life, work and times of Marcel Duchamp, one of the most influential of the 20th century artists
Merchants and masterpieces: the story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
28 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Duchamp : a biography by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
37 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the giants of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp changed the course of modern art. Visual arts, music, dance, performance--nothing was ever the same again because he had shifted art's focus from the retinal to the mental. Duchamp sidestepped the banal and sentimental to find the relationship between symbol and object and to unearth the concepts underlying art itself
Living well is the best revenge by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
29 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recreates the privileged world of Gerald and Sara Murphy, who American originals who found themselves at the center of a charmed circle of artists and expatriate writers in France in the 1920s
Eric Hoffer; an American odyssey by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
18 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 1,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Enlarged from a New Yorker article to include photographs and some of Hoffer's philosophical aphorisms
Off the wall : Robert Rauschenberg and the art world of our time by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
19 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Andy Warhol by John Coplans( Book )
8 editions published between 1970 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bride & the bachelors; the heretical courtship in modern art by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
14 editions published between 1965 and 1976 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jennifer Bartlett by Marge Goldwater( Book )
5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Post- to neo- : the art world of the 1980's by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
8 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bride and the bachelors : five masters of the avant garde by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
34 editions published between 1968 and 1987 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An explanation of the avant garde via 5 great artists
The Lewis and Clark Trail by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
8 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A re-creation of the expedition and a present day field guide to the trail
Roy Lichtenstein : mural with blue brushstroke by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lives of the artists by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Lives of the Artists ten major artists are captured in Tomkins's cool and ironic style to record the new directions art is taking during these days of limitless freedom. As formal technique and rigorous training continue to fall away, art has become an approach to living. As the author says, "the lives of contemporary artists are today so integral to what they make that the two cannot be considered in isolation." Among the artists profiled are Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, the reigning heirs of deliberately outrageous art that feeds off the allegedly corrupting influences of capitalist glut and entertainment; Matthew Barney of the pregenital obsessions; Cindy Sherman, who manages multiple transformations as she disappears into her own work; and Julian Schnabel, who has forged a second career as award-winning film director. Tomkins shows that the making of art remains among the most demanding jobs on earth.--From publisher description
The scene : reports on post-modern art by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Rauschenberg : the silkscreen paintings, 1962-64 by Roni Feinstein( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dancing around the Bride : Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book explores the interwoven lives, radical art, and shared experimental spirit of Marcel Duchamp and four of America's most important postwar artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The publication traces the relationships among all five of these artists by mapping their intersections and examining the depth of their artistic exchanges. At the heart of the publication is an anthology of key texts from selected interviews, magazine articles, and book excerpts, by scholars, critics, and the artists themselves, that together narrate the younger generation's first connections to Duchamp and his work, which would profoundly redefine his legacy as well as the entire field of contemporary art. A new text by Calcin Tomkins provides an insightful first-person account of his encounters with these artists at a key moment int he 1960s. The book also includes the first extensive chronology that recounts the lives, art, and common projects of this influential group of artists
Alex : the life of Alexander Liberman by Dodie Kazanjian( Book )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Who gets to call it art? the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Henry Geldzahler (1935-94), star curator and cultural impresario, lived a life worth examining. The first curator of the Department of 20th-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum, first director of visual arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and the first full-time commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, his landmark 1969 show at the Metropolitan is still remembered with awe. "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970" filled 35 galleries with more than 400 groundbreaking works of contemporary art. This film is not a full biographical examination of this singular figure's life, but rather a portrait in profile, as many of 'his' artists talk about Geldzahler and what his friendship meant to them
Jennifer Bartlett by Marge Goldwater( Book )
4 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
トムキンズ, カルヴィン
English (262)
Japanese (6)
Spanish (6)
French (3)
Portuguese (3)
German (2)
Chinese (2)
Polish (2)
Dutch (1)