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'Take the first case of appropriation in the history of art, Duchamp's ready-mades, mentioned by Richter. The urinal [...] is not a model of the real world, nor is it a picture; but what it is modelling, and subverting, is the art world. This is not art to be looked at; this is art to talk about and write about. It doesn't reward visual attention; it generates text. In that, it is the model for much art since the 60s, which we have come to call post-modern: art as a machine for producing language.'

                     

- Brian Ashbee