The readymades go even further in showing that the creating of art need not necessarily be a manual activity but can be purely a matter of making choices.
There is no doubt that the basic attitude of the New Realists towards urban reality was both intellectual and romantic, whereas that of the Anglo-Saxon pop artists was intellectual and cool, i.e. classic.
– Simon Wilson
…bringing to bear his faculties on the ideas and objects of the period in which he lives…To know in order to be able to do, that was my thought. To be in a position to translate the habits, the ideas, the appearance of my time, in a word to make a living art; that is my aim.
– Gustave Courbet
Outside is the world; it’s there. Pop art looks at the world.
– Roy Lichtenstein