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"The idea of avant-garde art is a very suspicious thing to me the idea that poetry is new and it keeps being new the way Chevrolets every year are new."

"I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge silence to be ignorance and affection to be art."

"Madonna remains the most visible performer on the planet as well as one of the wealthiest but would anyone seriously say that artistic self-development is her primary motivating principle? She is too busy with Kabbalah fashion merchandising adoption melodramas the gym and ill-starred horseback riding to study art."

"I'm not interested in pop art."

"I cry out for order and find it only in art."

"Everyone goes to the same exhibitions and the same parties stays in the same handful of hotels eats at the same no-star restaurants and has almost the same opinions. I adore the art world but this is copycat behavior in a sphere that prides itself on independent thinking."

"Every artist writes his own autobiography."

"Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language."

"Politics is the art of controlling your environment."

"It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art."

"An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one."

"I didn't grow up thinking of movies as film or art but as movies something to do on a Saturday afternoon."

"The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third."

"Art is a harmony parallel with nature."

"I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd."

"My parents started with very little and were the only ones in their families to graduate from college. As parents they focused on education but did not stop at academics - they made sure that we knew music saw art and theatre and traveled - even though it meant budgeting like crazy."

"The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public."

"My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art."

"Logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge."

"I don't watch television I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself."

"Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane."

"The work of art is a scream of freedom."

"Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature placed alongside thereof for its conquest."

"There was a big drive when I was at art school to make you aware of the economy of meaning - after all this was still during the tail end of minimalism. Being responsible for everything you put in your picture and being able to defend it. Keeping everything clear around you so you know what is operating. To open the wound and keep it clean."

"Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings."

"Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience."

"The art of life is to live in the present moment and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself."

"At the University of Maryland my first year I started off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design stage design or television design."

"When science art literature and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible which can make a man's name live for thousands of years."

"In art as in love instinct is enough."

"Art is the desire of a man to express himself to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."

"Light in Nature creates the movement of colors."

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

"Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs."

"The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself."

"In our life there is a single color as on an artist's palette which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love."

"You can't but know that if you can capture the emotions of the audience as well as their minds the play will work better because it's a narrative art form."

"Art is science made clear."

"No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language."

"Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet but soon will and will change everything for everybody and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible never the impossible."

"Megacollectors suppose they can enter art history by spending astronomical amounts."

"I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times."

"I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school."

"Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse."

"Originality is the art of concealing your source."

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and keep moving on."

"Works of art in my opinion are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order and that is why though I don't believe that only art matters I do believe in Art for Art's sake."

"The Met is not only the finest encyclopedic museum of art in the United States it is arguably the finest anywhere."

"I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand when it's simply necessary to love."

"Painting is easy when you don't know how but very difficult when you do."

"The greatest work of art about New York? The question seems nebulous. The city's magic and majesty are distilled in the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand."

"Book-jacket design may become a lost art like album-cover design without which late-20th-century iconography would have been pauperized."

"A verbal art like poetry is reflective it stops to think. Music is immediate it goes on to become."

"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art."

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly science into superstition and art into pedantry. Hence University education."

"The art which we may call generally art of the wayside as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives is in the best sense of the word Grotesque."

"Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul a capacity a secret art of thinking feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life."

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot others transform a yellow spot into the sun."

"Thou art my single day God lends to leaven What were all earth else with a feel of heaven."

"The excellency of every art is its intensity capable of making all disagreeable evaporate."

"The sole art that suits me is that which rising from unrest tends toward serenity."

"Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art."

"I paint with shapes."

"Reading is an art form and every man can be an artist."

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth."

"All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable"

"Don't be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation."

"If we know the divine art of concentration if we know the divine art of meditation if we know the divine art of contemplation easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world."

"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book If art doesn't make us better then what on earth is it for."

"A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things a poet in words a musician by sounds."

"What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience a thought."

"If thou art a man admire those who attempt great things even though they fail."

"And I have exposed myself to art so that my work has something beyond just the usual potter."

"To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination."

"I never called my work an 'art'. It's part of show business the business of building entertainment."

"The art of art the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity."

"Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies."

"Life is the art of being well deceived and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted."

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."

"Alchemy is the art of far and near and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size to see something that's tiny as though it were vast."

"I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form."

"You use a glass mirror to see your face you use works of art to see your soul."

"Art is not a handicraft it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."

"You have to master not only the art of listening to your head you must also master listening to your heart and listening to your gut."

"All art is but imitation of nature."

"I think art is inherently nonviolent and it actually occupies your mind with creation rather than destruction."

"Growing up going to Christian school and the concept that you're born a sinner and you don't really have a choice to change who you are has been hammered into my head and created the entire reason why I made art and made a band and made records called 'Antichrist Superstar.'"

"The perfection of art is to conceal art."

"All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him."

"Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue the art of speaking well rather than doing well but their manners should be of the greatest concern."

"Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms."

"In seeking wisdom thou art wise in imagining that thou hast attained it - thou art a fool."

"Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life."

"The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness."

Joan Miro

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"Much good art got made while money ruled I like a lot of it and hardship and poverty aren't virtues. The good news is that since almost no one will be selling art artists - especially emerging ones - won't have to think about turning out a consistent style or creating a brand. They'll be able to experiment as much as they want."

"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs."

"Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse."

"I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good or there because they're lucky."

"Next to the Word of God the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."