PRINT Summer 2014


Laurie Simmons

From my first viewing of Étant donnés as a young art student in Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp has been The Man. I’ve rarely met an artist who didn’t obsess at some point about Duchamp’s work, personal life, or enigmatic style. So I’m sure I’m not the only one eager to jump into the Museum of Modern Art’s revised edition of Calvin Tomkins’s Duchamp: A Biography, which originally appeared in 1996. This updated version will reveal significant new material, including details about Maria Martins, the great love of Duchamp’s life, and more on the making of the artist’s endlessly generative final work. Fortuitously, Tomkins’s 1965 classic on Duchamp and his legacy, The Bride and the Bachelors, has also recently been reprinted, by Gagosian Gallery. I look forward to having both in my summer reading stack.

Laurie Simmons is an artist based in New York.