Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Wherever art appears, life disappears.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you've made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.
Art is an experience, not an object.
Without ethical consciousness, a painter is only a decorator.
Painting that does not radiate feeling is not worth looking at. The deepest-and rarest-of grown-up pleasures is true feeling.
In the end I realize that whatever meaning that picture has is the accumulated meaning of ten thousand brushstrokes, each one being decided as it was painted.
Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.
If one were to ask a painter what he felt about anything, his just response - though he seldom makes it - would be to paint it, and in painting, to find out...
It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.
Collage is the twentieth century's greatest innovation
The main thing is not to be dead.
For twenty years I read a book a day, from the time I was seven until I was twenty-seven.
It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of individual's and society's self-deception.
Every intelligent painter carries the whole culture of modern painting in his head. It is his real subject, of which everything he paints in both an homage and a critique, and everything he says is a gloss.
I have been continuously aware that in painting, I am always dealing with... a relational structure. Which in turn makes permission 'to be abstract' no problem at all.
If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two times-but never three.
Nothing as drastic an innovation as abstract art could have come in to existence, save as the consequence of a most profound, relentless, unquenchable need. The need is for felt experience - intense, immediate, direct, subtle, unified, warm, vivid, rhythmic.
It is the medium, or the specific configuration of the medium, that we call a work of art that brings feeling into being...
One's art is just one's effort to wed oneself to the universe, to unify oneself through union.
Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
It is true that every artist has his own religion.
I almost never start with an image. I start with a painting idea, an impulse, usually derived from my own world.
I dislike a picture that is too suave or too skilfully done. But, contrariwise, I also dislike a picture that looks too inept or blundering.
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