Duchamp Dictionary

The Duchamp Dictionary

  1. Thomas Girst
  2. Illustrated by Heretic
  • ISBN 9780500239179
  • 21.00 x 14.30 cm
  • Hardback without Jacket
  • 224pp
  • 64 Illustrations, 64 in colour
  • First published 2014

Exploring Marcel Duchamp’s life and work in more than 200 alphabetical entries – from alchemy and anatomy to Warhol and windows, via the Bicycle Wheel, chess and the fourth dimension

‘Girst's 'The Duchamp Dictionary' is exactly the sort of book Duchamp himself would have enjoyed reading. The entries are well researched and written, informative and entertaining. You can't ask for more’ – Francis Naumann
'It’s about time that a publication reveals the vastness of Duchamp’s influence and thinking in the 20th and 21st centuries. I have absolute praise for Girst’s achievement with this historic publication' – Jeff Koons
'Girst elegantly unravels the skeins of Duchamp’s thinking. ‘The Duchamp Dictionary’ is an essential compendium for puzzling out an essential artist' – Richard Armstrong, Director Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

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Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) has entered mainstream culture as one of the founding fathers of modern art. Despite his popularity, books on Duchamp often shroud his work in theoretical and critical writing. Here, instead, is a book exploring the artist’s life and work in a thoroughly new and engaging manner, with short, alphabetical dictionary entries written in lively, jargon- free prose that at last allow Duchamp’s work and influence to be accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience.

The book features the most interesting and important artworks, relationships, people and ideas in Duchamp’s life, from the 'Fountain', Peggy Guggenheim and Katherine S. Dreier to Arturo Schwarz.

Underpinned by the latest scholarship and research, Thomas Girst’s texts show how, in the words of contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn, Duchamp was ‘the most intelligent mind of his time’.

Thomas Girst has written extensively on modern and contemporary art and was founding editor of Tout-Fait: The Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal and author of The Indefinite Duchamp. He curated ‘Marcel Duchamp in Munich 1912’ at the Lenbachhaus, Munich (2012). He has been Head of Cultural Engagement at the BMW Group since 2003.

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