Calvin Tomkins

Calvin Tomkins has written more than a dozen books, including The Bride and the Bachelors, Living Well Is the Best Revenge, Lives of the Artists, and the critically acclaimed biography, Duchamp. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dodie Kazanjian.


"I commend Calvin Tomkins, as Bernard Berenson did Vasari, for 'being a singularly warm, generous, and appreciative critic."—The New York Times Book Review

"As chronicler of the avant-garde for The New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins has specialized in renderng the esoteric doings of artists comprehensible."—The Washington Post Book World

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Lives of the Artists

Calvin Tomkins
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“Brilliantly illuminating . . . This latter-day Vasari puts his dry wit and keen eye to work in fashioning enduring portraits of ten contemporary-art stars,...

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Off the Wall

Calvin Tomkins

Calvin Tomkins first discovered the work of Robert Rauschenberg in the late 1950s, when he began to look seriously at contemporary art. While gazing at...

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