Visual Arts

Marcel Duchamp Bicycle Wheel (1951, MoMA)
Marcel Duchamp
Bicycle Wheel (1951, MoMA)

“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.” – Marcel Duchamp

My Duchamp set on Flickr

SFMoMA - Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960

The progression of a painter’s work as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity…toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea.. and the idea and the observer…To achieve this clarity is inevitably to be understood.”

My Rothko set on Flickr

Jasper Johns Target with Four Faces (1955, MoMA)

“I’m interested in things which suggest the world rather than express the personality… The most conventional thing, the most ordinary thing – it seems to me that those things can be dealt with without having to judge them; they seem to me to exist as clear facts, not involving aesthetic hierarchy.” -Jasper Johns

My Jasper Johns set on Flickr.

Robert Rauschenberg Rebus (1955, MoMA)
Robert Rauschenberg Rebus (1955, MoMA)

“The Material is never wrong, it’s only me that can be wrong.”
– Robert Rauschenberg*

My Robert Rauschenberg set at Flickr.

* Calvin Tompkins Off the Wall: a Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg p. 194, Picador, 2005

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