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Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 29, 2005
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“I commend Calvin Tomkins, as Bernard Berenson did Vasari, for 'being a singularly warm, generous, and appreciative critic.'” ―The New York Times Book Review
“As chronicler of the avant-garde for The New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins has specialized in rendering the esoteric doings of artists comprehensible.” ―The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
Calvin Tomkins, a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960, has written more than a dozen books, including the bestseller Living Well Is the Best Revenge, Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bride and the Bachelors, and his highly acclaimed biography Duchamp. He lives in New York city with his wife Dodie Kazanjian.
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That said, I would highly recommend you read this book, not just for the insight into Raschenberg's life and art, but also for the detail that Tompkins exercises about the Abstract Expressionist movement among others, and the contemporary artists whom Raschenberg interacted with during his time in New York.
There are at least several beautiful coffee table books available on Rauschenberg, but Calvin Tomkins' Off the Wall isn't one of them. Despite a couple dozen black-and-white photos, the text is the main attraction in this 1980 biography. Tomkins brilliantly surveys Rauschenberg's life and work while chronicling the American art movement as a whole from the end of the Second World War through the 1970s. With the advent of abstract expressionism, New York replaced Paris as the center of the art world, a transformation which culminated in Rauschenberg winning the coveted Grand Prize at the 1964 Venice Biennale. Tomkins doesn't concentrate solely on Rauschenberg's part in this watershed. He frequently deviates from the course of Rauschenberg's life and career to provide mini-biographies of many of the influential artists from whom Rauschenberg drew influence or with whom he interacted, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, and Frank Stella.Read more ›
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Excellent book not only about Rauschenberg but also the entire art scene from his era. I look forward to reading it again.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Petchell
I am using this book this Spring at Oregon State as a Text in a Writing Intensive Course.
Its just a great book, Calvin Tomkins is a wonderful writer!!!!!!
This is an excellent book. Tomkin's writing is a pleasure to read and is
not only informative but also entertaining. Highly recommended.
This is not only a great insight into Robert Rauschenberg, his life and his tallent, but gives a good review of the art world and the influences of that time.Published on June 30, 2008 by Pocahontas