The Great Trouble with Art in This Country  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"The Great Trouble with Art in This Country" is the title of an interview with Marcel Duchamp by James Johnson Sweeney" published in "Eleven Europeans in America" (1946), Museum of Modern Art Bulletin no 13, p. 21.

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My ideal library would have contained all Roussel’s writings—Brisset, perhaps Lautréamont and Mallarmé. Mallarmé was a great figure. This is the direction in which art should turn: to an intellectual expression, rather than to an animal expression. I am sick of the expression “bête comme un peintre”—stupid as a painter.




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