"[A]rt history has consistently decided upon the virtues of a work of art through considerations completely divorced from the rationalized explanations of the artist."
What concepts can be traced through Duchamp's oeuvre? Since Duchamp's own words about his work were infamously vague, challenging, and inconsistent, and since he attributed any artwork's worth, in large part, to its reception and posterity, scholars have been able to develop a rich, open-ended discourse surrounding his career. An Incomplete Conceptual Timeline of Duchamp’s Oeuvre is an interactive chart of the concepts imbued in Duchamp's work over his career, and after it, based on the scholarship around his work. It shows the associations that scholars find or create between works and ideas in hopes of contributing a new vein of conceptual understanding.
"All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act."
The graph is not a meta-analysis; it is a playful way to engage with Duchamp’s conceptual repertoire, endlessly extended by the discourse surrounding it.