Anything is art if an artist says it is.
I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
The artist performs only one part of the creative process. The onlooker completes it, and it is the onlooker who has the last word.
You cannot define electricity. The same can be said of art. It is a kind of inner current in a human being, or something which needs no definition.
As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.
Destruction is also creation.
Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
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.
It's not what you see that is art. Art is the gap.
What I have in mind is that art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that a bad emotion is still an emotion.
All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.
Art has the lovely habit of ruining all artistic theories.
Artmaking is making the invisible, visible.
I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
The life of an artist is like the life of a monk, a lewd monk if you like, very Rabelaisian. It is an ordination.
It's the viewer that makes the work.
I believe that the artist doesn't know what he does. I attach even more importance to the spectator than to the artist.
In the last analysis, the artist may shout from all the rooftops that he is a genius; he will have to wait for the verdict of posterity.
Aesthetic delectation is the danger to be avoided.
I have drawn people's attention to the fact that art is a mirage. A mirage, just like the oasis that appears in the desert. It is very beautiful, until the moment when you die of thirst, obviously. But we do not die of thirst in the field of art. The mirage has substance.
I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
Do unto others as they wish, but with imagination.
Art is not about itself but the attention we bring to it.
Since the tubes of paint used by the artist are manufactured and ready made products we must conclude that all the paintings in the world are 'readymades aided' and also works of assemblage.
Since a three-dimensional object casts a two-dimensional shadow, we should be able to imagine the unknown four-dimensional object whose shadow we are. I for my part am fascinated by the search for a one-dimensional object that casts no shadow at all.
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