The Signature, by Ben Vautier

On page 230 of Ben Vautier. Is everything art?

©2015 Museum Tinguely, Basel, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin, authors, artists and photographers [and translator!]. ISBN 978-3-86828-649-6

Truth be told, I hate signing, it makes me cough. There is no art in the signature. You cannot go down in art history without a signature and without a date. There is no such thing as so-called collective works. There is always a detective for trying to find out who did it and when. Even with regard to the Lascaux caves, they start tracing the artist’s personality and looking for his signature. So I said to myself that if art was just a question of signing, why not make a painting with just my signature? Exhibited from 1958 onward, pretty much everywhere.

Vautier Ben French artist art history translator translation Museum Tinguely Basel Switzerland