The Artist’s Role…

As far as [Duchamp] was concerned, the role in society of an artist was akin to that of a philosopher; it didn’t even matter if he or she could paint or draw. An artist’s job was not to give aesthetic pleasure – designers could do that; it was to step back from the world and attempt to make sense or comment on it through the presentation of ideas that had no functional purpose other than themselves.

— Will Gompertz, What Are You Looking At? p. 10

2 comments

    • Tony Hirst

      Oops.. Thanks.. I think that was an autocorrect typo…

      As for the “why that sentence?”, I want to be an artist, but I’m struggling with a) making (saleable) deliverables that b) have something to say;-)