Marcel Duchamp
Quotations


I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art -- and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.

The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. . . . I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.

Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.

All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. This becomes even more obvious when posterity gives its final verdict and sometimes rehabilitates forgotten artists.

The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because Iíve noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.



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