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Displaying the Marvelous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Surrealist Exhibition Installations Paperback – February 28, 2003

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Lewis Kachur hands us a free time-travel ticket, with himself as marvelous pilot. Transporting us into the thick inventions of late Surrealist exhibitions, he gives us the ravishing gift of being there, present at the birthing and, as well, the seeding of so much installation and site-specific art to come decades later. For artists now who feel tied to Grandfather Marcel without having known him, Kachur's work vividly opens up the real moves of Duchamp's reinvention of what it is to be an artist. Revealing secret interior paths of communication among artists that flow synaptically across generations, this sumptuous work points to a new holistic way to understand art.

(Mierle Laderman Ukeles, artist)

A splendid analysis of the late Surrealist exhibitions. Anyone interested in Surrealist art would want this book; anyone interested in the consideration of display in twentieth-century art must have this book.

(Richard Martin (1945-1999), former curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A compulsive and beautifully presented read.

(David Gove Surman Leonardo)

Unique and perceptive research... an exacting and truly exciting visual and verbal coverage of the exhibitions.

(Petra Rigby Watson Parachute)

Perceptive, fascinating, and written with pleasure and delight. The reciprocal exchange between art work and its context is presented with a steady, at times inspired, sense of inquiry.

(Brian O'Doherty, writer)

About the Author

Lewis Kachur is Associate Professor of Art History at Kean University, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (February 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262611821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262611824
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Woronow on February 17, 2009
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Here is an aspect of Duchamp that in previous books I have read devoted a paragraph or two on his displays in galleries and museums. But this is tastey treat for all you Duchamp and Dali fans. Even though Dali - the person- always rub me wrong way, here his contrubution to inventive displays at the world fair is a very interesting read. Duchamp's 1200 coal sacks and mile of string is fully explained. There is much more and every page is just great.
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The book is a fun read - you'll get as close as possible to venturing into the rooms as is possible. It's hard to believe there aren't films made as walk-thoughs, but that seems to be the case. I don't know of another book that focuses on the actual installations of the time. You'll be happy you ventured in, if for no other reason than to see Duchamp from a slightly different angle. A good amount of photos, tho it seems there ARE more out there, even by the book's admissions.
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By A Customer on July 23, 2002
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I have never read like the book about Marcel Duchamp, because the book focuses on the side of the curator of Duchamp. The book is about the Surrealist exihibitions in 1930's and 1940's. And the backgrounds of the exhibitions are very detailed and lively. I recommend the book to those who like, of course, Duchamp and are interested in installation.
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By Carla Lord on August 15, 2001
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Written with keen perception and humor, Lewis Kachur's latest book is likely to become a classic both in the fields of surrealism and of installations. It is scholarly and highly readable.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luisa Valeriani on February 18, 2010
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The book arrived in perfect conditions, the delivery was easy, and in time.Displaying the Marvelous: Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, and Surrealist Exhibition
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