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The Bride and the Bachelors: Five Masters of the Avant-Garde Paperback – November 18, 1976


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (November 18, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140043136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140043136
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book is a surprisingly accessible work on the lives of five important artists (duchamp, cage, tinguely, rauschenberg, and cunningham) of the avant-garde, each working from a different discipline. tomkins has gathered exhaustive biographical data on each artist and the reader gets the impression that he is good friends with each of them. his critical stance on the artwork discussed is respectful, and he refrains from using a lot of artworld jargon. a very entertaining read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Wells on November 23, 2006
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Tomkins' five essays are a great place to start if you've ever wondered about the purpose behind the "avant-garde" in art and want a general overview of its origins. The chapter on Jean Tinguely is especially fine: it is hard to resist the story of a man who builds robots designed to continuously paint abstracts, start fires or simply destroy themselves. The book is well written, easy to read and contains a subtle sense of humor. Reading this book will make you more intelligent.
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By Nancy Egol Nikkal on September 23, 2014
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Calvin Tomkins is my favorite author for books about art and artists. He writes brilliantly.
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By jangali on September 8, 2014
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Essential reading for those interested in the genesis and meaning of modern art
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth Wilde-Biasiny on January 14, 2013
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Strangely, I got the version that I read in 1974. I expected the cover as shown. I guess I might be missing a few words of introduction, but one cannot complain about the price of 64 cents! thank you
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