Marcel Duchamp Hauser & Wirth Publishers Art Book


When Marcel Duchamp published in 1959, it became the go-to publication on the artist for decades to come. While the French version of Trianon Press has been reprinted several times, the English version of Grove Press has been out of print for over two decades – so far Hauser & Wirth Publishers has published a facsimile of this classic monograph.

A brilliant painter, sculptor and chess player, Duchamp was a radical artist who created with a free spirit that shook the art world in the 20th century. Duchamp had overseen the entire making of the original book, oddly having some of the images not fully glued to the page, in an effort to interact with the reader. More than a simple archive, the book is unique for this very reason: it presents Duchamp’s work as he would have presented it.

“There are two kinds of artist,” said Duchamp in a 1956 interview with curator James Johnson Sweeney, “the artist who deals with society, is integrated into society, and the other artist, the completely independent artist, who has no obligation. “Duchamp was certainly part of the latter camp.

Reproduced in collaboration with Fluid Design Studio in London, the Hauser & Wirth edition contains the facsimile and a supplement to the book in a neatly wrapped linen slipcase. Marcel Duchamp sells for US $ 125 and is available for purchase on the institution’s website.

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