"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"La Boîte en Bois (Wooden Box) (Replica of Duchamp's ‘Large Glass’)" (2004)
"There are four replicas of Duchamp's 'Large Glass'- two in Stockholm, one in London, one in Tokyo. I’ve been photographing the replica in Tokyo, spending so much time with the replica that facing the original is a very strange feeling. The original has an enormous power compared to the replica. A replica is a replica, it’s a copy- a duplicate. Duchamp’s concept of a copy was that the copy is as important as the original. But it’s not true. The original has its own Duchamp spirit in itself, even though he might say, 'Well, this is not special at all.' He probably didn’t believe in spirits. But I do feel it."
- Hiroshi Sugimoto