Marcel Duchamp • Octavio Paz
Arcade / 1990
Paperback / 211 pages

“Perhaps the two painters who have the greatest influence on our century,” writes Octavio Paz, “are Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.” If that conjunction surprises at first glance, Paz makes a most convincing case by his analysis and contrast of the two artists. “I have linked their names,” says Paz, “because it seems to me that each of them has in his own way succeeded in defining our age: the former by what he affirms; the latter by what he negates, by his explorations.” 
Paz offers his highly personal assessment of Duchamp’s thought and work, examining the apparent contradictions and seeming enigmas with the insight and lucidity that characterize everything he writes. 

︎Condition note: A used book in Good+ condition / minor tanning and soiling to cover / light bumping edgewear and shelfwear / interior pages are clean and free of interior marks