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Marcel Duchamp
(1887-1968) born on
Jul 28
French-US artist. He was an important cubist and founder of Dadaism who painted "Nude Descending a Staircase," 1912.
The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
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 forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
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.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp," ch. 5, ed. Pierre Cabanne, 1967.
R: In "The World of Marcel Duchamp," 1966.
A: Address, 30 Aug 1952, New York State Chess Association.
N: In "Marcel Duchamp: Anti-Artist," by H. Janis & S. Janis, in "View" (NY), 21 Mar 1945.
K: "The Creative Act," lecture, Apr 1957, in "Art News" (NY), Summer 1957.

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