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The anti-art

June 6, 2011

‘All of my work since the 1960s has developed towards the disintegration of formal concepts of art which has resulted in ultimately questioning the nature of the work of art, and looking for a form of non-contemplative contact. This led to the participation of the spectator—touching, dressing, penetrating the actual pieces—and developed into something similar to the spontaneous self, non-ritualistic, as an actual anti-art position. This meant the denial of the artist as a creator of objects who is turned into a proposer of practices in which ideas and discoveries are opened and nakedly suggested, and realise themselves in the course of such practices.’

—Hélio Oiticica, New York, September 1971

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