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Tomkins, Calvin 1925-

Works: 189 works in 727 publications in 9 languages and 20,540 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  History  Biographical films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Author of introduction, Writer of accompanying material, Interviewer, Contributor, Creator, Interviewee
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 )

101 editions published between 1966 and 1998 in 5 languages and held by 3,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the life, work and times of Marcel Duchamp, one of the most influential of the 20th century artists
Duchamp : a biography by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

59 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,628 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
Merchants and masterpieces: the story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

33 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Living well is the best revenge by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

36 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of American expatriates Gerald and Sara Murphy, focusing on their lives in Paris in the 1920s
Eric Hoffer; an American odyssey by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

21 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 1,065 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 )

18 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 919 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 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andy Warhol by John Coplans( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book sets out to provide through illustrations a viewing of a broad spectrum of Warhol's painting and sculpture, especially from 1960 to 1964, by which time the artist had already begun to shift his interest to movies. A number of still shots of his movies are included among the illustrations. The essays by the various authors have been chosen to cover three principal but divergent aspects of Warhol, each of which has equally caught the public's imagination--the man, the art and the movies. In addition, there are a selective bibliography of published writings on Warhol's art, and a filmography."--Jacket
Jennifer Bartlett by Marge Goldwater( Book )

10 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Jennifer Bartlett", Marge Goldwater has contributed a chronological survey of the paintings that discuss the polarities of control and passion -- the desire to master space, media, subject matter, and draftsmanship that are crucial aspects of the painter's art. In a richly illustrated article, New York art critic Roberta Smith discusses Bartlett's many architectural commissions. These remarkable installations range from a dining room in the home of British collectors to her work for Philip Johnson's AT&T Building. This handsomely designed volume also contains a captivating biographical sketch of this colorful and outspoken artist by the "New Yorker" writer Calvin Tomkins, who gives an account of Bartlett's background, education, artistic development, and character. -- From publisher's description
Post- to neo- : the art world of the 1980's by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Views on contemporary art, artists in vogue, the multi-million-dollar price tags on paintings, changing styles, and controversies in the art world are compiled in a thought-provoking collection."--GoogleBooks
The bride and the bachelors : five masters of the avant garde by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

51 editions published between 1965 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An explanation of the avant garde via 5 great artists
Roy Lichtenstein : mural with blue brushstroke by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Photographs and text explain Roy Lichtenstein's creation of a five-storyhigh mural for The Equitable Life Assurance Society building
The Lewis and Clark Trail by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

9 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A re-creation of the expedition and a present day field guide to the trail
Lives of the artists by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 625 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 )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and Japanese and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Rauschenberg : the silkscreen paintings, 1962-64 by Roni Feinstein( Book )

11 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing around the Bride : Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 449 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 Calvin 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 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who gets to call it art? : the legend of Henry Geldzahler, 1935-1994 by Peter Rosen( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 337 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
Marcel Duchamp : the afternoon interviews by Calvin Tomkins( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1964, Calvin Tomkins spent a number of afternoons interviewing Marcel Duchamp in his apartment on West 10th Street in New York. Casual yet insightful, Duchamp reveals himself as a man and an artist whose playful principles toward living freed him to make art that was as unpredictable, complex, and surprising as life itself. Those interviews have never been edited and made public, until now. The Afternoon Interviews, which includes an introductory interview with Tomkins reflecting on Duchamp as an artist, guide, and friend, reintroduces the reader to key ideas of his artistic world and renews Duchamp as a vital model for a new generation of artists. This enhanced e-book includes five audio clips, including four from the original 1964 recording of the interview and a never before heard clip of Tomkins in 2012 telling a short story about Duchamp."--Publisher's website
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Duchamp : a biography
Living well is the best revengeOff the wall : Robert Rauschenberg and the art world of our timeThe bride & the bachelors; the heretical courtship in modern artThe bride and the bachelors : five masters of the avant gardeLives of the artists
Alternative Names
Calvin Tomkins American writer

Calvin Tomkins Amerikaans kunsthistoricus

Calvin Tomkins écrivain américain

Calvin Tomkins escriptor estatunidenc

Calvin Tomkins escritor estadounidense

Calvin Tomkins US-amerikanischer Autor und Kunstkritiker

Tomkins, C. 1925-

톰킨스, 칼빈 1925-

톰킨스, 캘빈 1925-

トムキンズ, カルヴィン

トムキンズ, カルヴィン 1925-