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Calvin Tomkins was born in 1925 in Orange, New Jersey. He joined the New Yorker as a staff writer in 1960. His many profiles include John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Leo Castelli, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, and Jasper Johns. Tomkins is the author of twelve books, including The Bride and the Bachelors (1965), Living Well Is the Best Revenge (1971), Lives of the Artists (2008), and Duchamp: A Biography (1996).
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December 17th, 2017
Carroll Dunham & David Salle in Conversation
Read a conversation from this past summer between painters and writers Carroll Dunham and David Salle with Blau Magazine's Cornelius Tittle on The Brooklyn Rail's site. With shout outs to Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews and Badlands author, Calvin Tomkins! ... more
May 4th, 2017
Celebrating 100 Years of Duchamp
In honor of the 100 year anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's seminal work Fountain, Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews is 50% off ($8!) on the Badlands site and free on Amazon as an ebook. A consistent bestseller & classic cornerstone of the Badlands catalog since it's release in 2013, The Aft... more
November 25th, 2016
Blowout Sale For Savage Times
Just in time for the holiday season, Badlands is slashing prices on books and works to help you live through /this/
July 27th, 2016
Stephanie LaCava Interviews Paul Chan for The Believer
Stephanie LaCava recently talked with Paul Chan for a series of interviews she's doing about "The Artist's Novel" on The Believer's site. Read their full chat here.
April 7th, 2015
Art In America Profiles Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited
Art in America's Associate Editor, Brian Droitcour wrote an in-depth piece discussing Paul's work and Badlands' published output since the beginning. Getting to the heart of what Badlands is all about, Droitcour writes, "For him, books aren’t just a means to convey knowledge; they are also a source ... more
December 2nd, 2014
Calvin Tomkins Interviewed in The Paris Review
In his interview with the Review's JC Gabel, Tomkins recounts the time he spent with Lost Generation icons Gerald and Sarah Murphy: "In the twenties and early thirties, the couple, along with their three children, spent part of the year in the south of France, on the Riviera, and the rest of it imme... more
November 7th, 2014
Calvin Tomkins in ArtReview Power100 issue
Bridget McCarthy interviews Calvin Tomkins in the latest Power 100 issue of ArtReview. Our favorite quote: "There's this mantra: if art can be anything, it can also be nothing. It can be of no interest or importance at all. It's completely open-ended. Duchamp gave the freedom for this situation to b... more
September 26th, 2014
T Magazine hightlights Badlands at 2014 NYABF
Fiona Duncan at T, The New York Times magazine, highlights Badlands at this weekend's New York Art Book Fair at MoMAPS1. Duncan writes, "This young New York-based publishing house publishes e-books, traditional books and artist works that seek to break down the distinction between print, digital fil... more
August 23rd, 2014
Lynne Tillman on Duchamp and The Afternoon Interviews
Novelist Lynne Tillman mentions The Afternoon Interviews in her column for Frieze. She writes, "Calvin Tomkins’s new book, Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews (Badlands Unlimited, 2013), is my latest friend. Tomkins met Duchamp in 1959 to interview him for Newsweek magazine; over time, the art ... more
August 23rd, 2014
A cat reviews The Afternoon Interviews
Shit My Cat Reads has a nice take on Calvin Tomkins's Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews. "This is a fascinating, slim book of interviews with Marcel Duchamp, a French dandy who took a break from his professional chess career in order to prove that toilets can be fine art, too. He’s funny and ... more
August 22nd, 2014
Need It Now: Calvin Tomkins's Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews
Antonina Jedrzejczak of Vogue swoons over the release of Calvin Tomkins's Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews. She writes, "Featuring a series of previously unpublished conversations that took place in 1964 in the artist’s Greenwich Village apartment, the wide-ranging discussions include the re... more