John Robinson

  • Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare

    Octavio Paz, Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare (New York: The Viking Press, 1978), 211 pages.

    Marcel Duchamp has been known for his inactivity in the art world as much as for his activity. In Marcel Duchamp: Appearance Stripped Bare Octavio Paz sets up a duality between Duchamp’s modus operandi and that of Picasso: the silence of Duchamp set against the incessant production of Picasso. Paz pairs these two as the greatest artists of the 20th century, yet in all his writing there is very little actually stated about Picasso’s work, except to say what the work is not. Duchamp, then, is Paz’s