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The Bride and the Bachelors : Five Masters of the Avant-Garde
The Bride and the Bachelors Five Masters of the Avant-Garde
Author: Calvin Tomkins
ISBN-13: 9780140043136
ISBN-10: 0140043136
Publication Date: 11/18/1976
Pages: 336
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Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Tomkins' five essays are a great place to start if you've ever wondered about the purpose behind the "avant-garde" in art and want a general overview of its origins. The chapter on Jean Tinguely is especially fine: it is hard to resist the story of a man who builds robots designed to continuously paint abstracts, start fires or simply destroy themselves. The book is well written, easy to read and contains a subtle sense of humor.

This is a work on the lives of five important artists (duchamp, cage, tinguely, rauschenberg, and cunningham) of the avant-garde, each working from a different discipline.