There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of
supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to
questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood.
In this view, the channel of art can only become clogged and misdirected by
the artist's concern with merely temporary and local disturbances. The song
is higher than the struggle.
art of creation is older than the art of killing.
Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most
people are far behind theirs.
It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a
painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag
has been left.
He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. [On Leonardo Da
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's
metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality
which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
All art is quite useless.
I am an artist… I am here to live out loud.
Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for
art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature,
its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of
replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to
refrain from destruction.
All great art, and today all great artlessness, must appear extreme to the
mass of men, as we know them today. It springs from the anguish of great
souls. From the souls of men not formed, but deformed in factories whose
inspiration is pelf.
What distinguishes a great artist from
a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their
imagination, and third, their industry.
A primary function of art and thought
is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the
environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of
perception and judgment.
not in life, but in art that self-fulfillment is to be found.
George E. Woodberry
The artist must conceive with warmth yet execute with coolness.