"In “Concrete Comedy: A Primer”, David Robbins uses the structure of comedic acts to understand Duchamp’s work as an artist. Robbins writes that that Duchamp was the first “to thematize the question of the artist’s sincerity. He consistently cast doubt on whether or not he was to be taken seriously. […] In this he was truly a groundbreaking comedian.” In Duchamp’s hands, writes Robbins, the context of an art exhibition itself is used like a material to be sculpted and manipulated. Like a good joke, Fountain is hilarious because it is unexpected."
- Rob Giampietro