What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It's not what you see that is art; art is the gap.
In the 'Nude Descending a Staircase,' I wanted to create a static image of movement: movement is an abstraction, a deduction articulated within the painting, without our knowing if a real person is or isn't descending an equally real staircase.
A painting that doesn't shock isn't worth painting.
Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
Art doesn't interest me. Only artists interest me.
Dada was an extreme protest against the physical side of painting. It was a metaphysical attitude.
Everything important that I have done can be put into a little suitcase.
Why are all the artists so dead-set on distorting? It seems to be a reaction against photography, but I'm not sure.
Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another.
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.
Can works be made which are not 'of art'?
I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
Marcel, no more painting; go get a job.
When I put a bicycle wheel on a stool, the fork down, there was no idea of a 'ready-made' or anything else. It was just a distraction. I didn't have any special reason to do it, or any intention of showing it or describing anything.
Alchemy is a kind of philosophy: a kind of thinking that leads to a way of understanding.
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