Calvin Tomkins

“As Chairman of the International Social, Athletic, and Philosophical Society of Heffalumps, I salute our fellow Pachyderms on their Historic Grand Migration across America.”

Calvin Tomkins has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1960. He wrote his first fiction piece for the magazine in 1958 and his first nonfiction piece in 1962. His many profile subjects have included Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson, Julia Child, Georgia O’Keeffe, Leo Castelli, Frank Stella, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Jasper Johns, Vija Celmins, David Hammons, Pipilotti Rist, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Ed Ruscha, and Kerry James Marshall. He wrote the magazine’s Art World column from 1980 to 1988. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a general editor of Newsweek. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including “The Bride and the Bachelors,” “Merchants and Masterpieces,” “Living Well Is the Best Revenge,” “Off the Wall,” “Duchamp: A Biography,” and “Lives of the Artists.” A revised edition of his Duchamp biography came out in 2014. “The Lives of Artists,” a six-volume anthology of his artist profiles, was released in 2019.