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Jan Dibbets


“I think it’s quite a good thing to do, but it’s stupid for other people to do it, or to buy it from me. What matters is the feeling. I discovered it’s a great feeling to pick out a point on the map and to search for the place for three days, and then to find there are only two trees standing there, and a dog pissing against the tree. But someone who tried to buy that from you would be really stupid, because the work of art is the feeling, and he couldn’t buy that from me, . . .

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“I must say I don’t see how to sell these kinds of ideas. If someone can use them he can take them. Selling is not a part of art.

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“I really believe in having projects which in fact can’t be carried out, or which are so simple that anyone could work them out. I once made four spots on the map of Holland, without knowing where they were. Then I found out how to get there and went to the place and took a snapshot. Quite stupid. Anybody can do that.”