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I was trying to get away from the idea that they were rationalists. All artists I think are mystics to the extent that they do something that's not been done before [...]. An artist goes off into some kind of unknown space. But I think a conceptual artist does it with concepts. He has to reach into some kind of unknown or some irrational. [...] Really good art has a kind of extra leap into the unknown. (Oral history interview with Sol Lewitt, 1974 July 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).