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Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture
     

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture

by Anne Collins Goodyear, James W. McManus, Martin E. Sullivan
 

One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a master of self-invention who carefully regulated the image he projected through self-portraiture and through his collaboration with those who portrayed him. During his long career, Duchamp recast accepted modes for assembling and describing identity, indelibly altering

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One of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a master of self-invention who carefully regulated the image he projected through self-portraiture and through his collaboration with those who portrayed him. During his long career, Duchamp recast accepted modes for assembling and describing identity, indelibly altering the terrain of portraiture. This groundbreaking book (which accompanies a major exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery) demonstrates the ways in which Duchamp willfully manipulated the techniques of portraiture both to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and to establish himself as a major figure in the art world. Although scholars have explored Duchamp's use of aliases, little attention has been paid to how this work played into, and against, existing portrait conventions. Nor has any study yet compared these explicitly self-constructed projects with the large body of portraits of Duchamp by others. Inventing Marcel Duchamp showcases approximately one hundred never-before-assembled portraits and self-portraits of Duchamp. The (broadly defined) self-portraits and self-representations include the famous autobiographical suitcase Boîte-en-Valise and Self-Portrait in Profile, a torn silhouette that became very influential for future generations of artists. The portraits by other artists include works by Duchamp's contemporaries Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Francis Picabia, Beatrice Wood, and Florine Stettheimer as well as portraits by more recent generations of artists, including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Sturtevant, Yasumasa Morimura, David Hammons, and Douglas Gordon. Since the mid-twentieth century, as abstraction assumed a position of dominance in fine art, portraiture has been often derided as an art form; the images and essays in Inventing Marcel Duchamp counter this, and invite us to rethink the role of portraiture in modern and contemporary art.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Created in conjunction with a National Portrait Gallery exhibit, this book features many original and in-depth elements that allow it to stand on its own as a scholarly piece to be studied and critiqued by students of art. Goodyear (assistant curator, National Portrait Gallery) and McManus (art history, California State Univ., Chico) include portraits (paintings, collages, photographs, and sculptures) by Marcel Duchamp and portraits of Duchamp, and they encourage readers to examine Duchamp's life and image as depicted in portraits and to consider the larger role of portraiture in the 20th century. The first half of the book includes six well-cited essays addressing Duchamp's life and work, his work with women artists, portraits of Duchamp, Duchamp's self-portraits, and his portraits of others. The essays are followed by 103 portraits by Duchamp and other artists, including Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns. Each image is accompanied by a short description or discussion. A detailed chronology of Duchamp's life is also included. VERDICT A solid accomplishment; recommended for students and scholars of art history.—Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262013000
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/10/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

James W. McManus is Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico.

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