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Marcel Duchamp

Appearance Stripped Bare

Octavio Paz conveying “his awareness of Duchamp as a great cautionary figure in our culture, warning us with jest and quiet scandals of the menacing encroachment of criticism, science and even art.” —New York Times Book Review

Octavio Paz was born in 1914 in Mexico City and served as the Mexican ambassador to India from 1962 to 1968. He was the author of many volumes of poetry as well as literary and art criticism and works on politics, culture, and Mexican history. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, he was also awarded the Jerusalem Prize, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He died in 1998.

“There are few studies so good on any artist. . . . Deft and dense with intelligence and . . . exciting to read.” —New Republic

“Probes deeply into Duchamp’s relation to Eastern and Western Cultures.” —New York Times Book Review

“When Paz finishes with Duchamp, one feels that every aspect of the artist’s intention has been sympathetically examined.” —Times Literary Supplement

“There are few studies so good on any artist. . . . Deft and dense with intelligence and . . . exciting to read.” —New Republic

“Probes deeply into Duchamp’s relation to Eastern and Western Cultures.” —New York Times Book Review

“When Paz finishes with Duchamp, one feels that every aspect of the artist’s intention has been sympathetically examined.” —Times Literary Supplement

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