Quotation by Marcel Duchamp

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 (1887–1968), French artist. lecture, April 1957, in Houston, Texas; repr. In Robert Lebel, Marcel Duchamp (1959). "The Creative Act," published in Art News, New York, Summer 1957.
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