Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker for more than sixty years. He is author of Duchamp: A Biography (1996; revised ed. 2014). His interviews with Duchamp took place in 1964 and 1965 and were published as Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews (2013). He has been referred to as the Vasari of modern times; his many articles on contemporary artists were gathered for publication in a six-volume boxed set called The Lives of Artists (2019).
Meeting DuchampBy Calvin Tomkins
Every so often, though, an editor would come up with an idea that involved the visual arts, and somebody would be assigned to write it. One day, I got the call to go and interview Marcel Duchamp.