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There is no true expertise in the humanities without knowing all of the humanities. Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Over-concentration on any one point is a distortion.

Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.
The artist belongs to their work, not the work to the artist.
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.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.
Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
Caricature is rough truth.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other business which affects the artistic tic sense of the community. Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.
Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother's face, her aspect and her attitude.
Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it.
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.
Art is the objectification of feeling.
In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought.
The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
Art, that great undogmatized church.
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves It's pretty, but is it Art?
In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
I'm still an artist. I'm never gonna do a shit movie, because I've got my modeling to support me.
No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.
Art has an enemy called ignorance.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
Art is a reality, not a definition; inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition, it is imperfect and untrue.
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.

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