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Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 29, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Revised and Updated edition (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312425856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312425852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lucky, lucky, lucky. That's how I felt after a friend lent me a copy of this out-of-print book. Here was a first hand chronicle of the New York art scene from the 50s to the 70s. Although Rauschenberg was the main artist featured, interesting vignettes about other artists were included, from Jasper Johns to Marcel Duchamp, from De Kooning to Andy Warhol. Did you know that it was Rauschenberg who influenced Jasper Johns to quit his bookstore job and go full-time into art? Rauschenberg's career is fascinating itself. Read and enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 8, 2006
I had just read Tomkins exhaustive and excellent biography of Duchamp when I picked up this book to read. This book is very entertaining and eye opening yet not quite the detailed book that he wrote of Duchamp.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vilis R. Inde on January 24, 2001
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Incredibly informative. Thomkins provides excrutiating detail in the most interesting way. Never a dull moment. If you have any interest in Rauschenberg, Johns, Happenings, etc., then you should read this book. There is no way that you will walk away without learning MANY new things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Brooke on March 26, 2013
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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!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul on February 28, 2013
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I thought that I understood a lot about abstract expressionism, pop, dada and the usual suspects and players in those years of American and New York Art but were my eyes opened! Calvin Tompkins masterfully unfolds the evolution of Bob Rauschenberg and his seemingly hypo manic creativity. The artist pushed the envelope, sometimes unsuccessfully but relentlessly. The writing is superb and the book, drawn from many previosly written pieces in the New Yorker and elsewhere, reads as compellingly as an action novel.
Paul A.
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