Calvin Tomkins: The World of Marcel Duchamp, 1887–1968 (1966/1972)

31 July 2014, dusan

The book draws on interviews and materials gathered for Tomkins’ 1965 profile of Duchamp in The New Yorker. Fully illustrated, with color and black and white reproductions and photographs.

By Calvin Tomkins and the Editors of Time-Life Books
Publisher Time-Life Books, New York, 1966
Revised 1972
192 pages

PDF (56 MB, no OCR)

See also chapter on Duchamp in Tomkins’ The Bride and the Bachelors (1965/76) and his collected interviews with Duchamp ([1964] 2013).

Brian O’Doherty: Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space (1976–) [EN, BR-PT, ES]

14 December 2012, dusan

“When these essays first appeared in Artforum in 1976, their impact was immediate. They were discussed, annotated, cited, collected, and translated–the three issues of Artforum in which they appeared have become nearly impossible to obtain. Having Brian O’Doherty’s provocative essays available again is a signal event for the art world. This edition also includes “The Gallery as Gesture,” a critically important piece published ten years after the others.

O’Doherty was the first to explicitly confront a particular crisis in postwar art as he sought to examine the assumptions on which the modern commercial and museum gallery was based. Concerned with the complex and sophisticated relationship between economics, social context, and aesthetics as represented in the contested space of the art gallery, he raises the question of how artists must construe their work in relation to the gallery space and system.

These essays are essential reading for anyone interested in the history and issues of postwar art in Europe and the United States. Teeming with ideas, relentless in their pursuit of contradiction and paradox, they exhibit both the understanding of the artist (Patrick Ireland) and the precision of the scholar.”

The essays originally appeared in Artforum magazine, 1976
With an Introduction by Thomas McEvilley
Publisher Lapis Press, San Francisco, 1986
Expanded edition, 1999
ISBN 0520220404
113 pages


Inside the White Cube (English, 1986/1999, 6 MB, updated on 2015-12-30)
No interior do cubo branco: a ideologia do espaço da arte (BR-Portuguese, trans. Carlos S. Mendes Rosa, 2002, 158 MB, added on 2016-6-16)
Dentro del cubo blanco (Spanish, trans. Lena Peñate Spicer, 2011, 24 MB, added on 2015-12-30)

More on O’Doherty.

Nick Kaye: Multi-media: Video, Installation, Performance (2007)

11 February 2009, pht

“Multi-media charts the development of multi-media video, installation and performance in a unique dialogue between theoretical analysis and specially commissioned documentations by some of the worlds foremost artists. Nick Kaye explores the interdisciplinary history and character of experimental practices shaped in exchanges between music, installation, theatre, performance art, conceptual art, sculpture and video.

The book sets out key themes and concerns in multi-media practice, addressing time, space, the resurgence of ephemerality, liveness and aura. These chapters are interspersed with documentary artwork and essays by artists whose work continues to shape the field, including new articles from Vito Acconci, The Builders Association, John Jesurun, Pipilotti Rist, and Fiona Templeton.

Multi-Media also reintroduces a major documentary essay by Paolo Rosa of Studio Azzurro in a new, fully illustrated form. This book combinessophisticated scholarly analysis and fascinating original work to present a refreshing and creative investigation of current multi-media arts practice.”

Publisher Routledge, 2007
ISBN 0415283817, 9780415283816
249 pages


PDF (updated on 2012-9-3)