When you are painting a landscape, assume the painting is real and the landscape is an illusion.
Postmodernism is silly and joyless at the same time.
A clear idea about the nature of quality in art will always result in inferior art tailored to it.
When anything can be art, art is not much of anything.
Live to paint, don't paint to live.
Postmodernism is Modernism with Alzheimer's.
Science is a matter of adjusting language to explain material reality. Art is a matter of adjusting material reality to create a sense of life.
Postmodernism lives in the academy, where words abandon reality to serve ambition, and reputations rise on hot air.
The first duty of intelligence is to recognize the obvious.
Art is too popular. If plumbing was as popular as art is we would have amateur plumbers running around brandishing wrenches and Roto-Rooters, climbing in and out of sewers and writing gibberish about pipe systems. And none of our our toilets would work.
Power is like money. Some know how to get it; few know how to use it.
Art makes you reinvent the wheel with regularity. If you don't, art gets bored and slips away.
When anything goes, everything goes.
Talent is like a seed which needs fertile soil. There is no less talent now, there is less fertile soil to nourish it.
Art is not 'about.' Art is.
Whether something is called art is beside the point. What counts is what happens when you ask it to actually be art.
Big minds have big ideas. Small minds use big ideas to justify bad ideas.
Stale artifacts of the past' are always 'active components of the present moment' when they are experienced in the present moment.
We learn to lie by believing words rather than experience.
Art is there for nourishment, not explication.
Most 'profound truths' are just timely ideas.
When making a painting, only one thing counts: what you do next.
Good art, no matter how simple or casual-seeming, always carries a high density of choice.
Many years ago, Clement Greenberg said, 'All profoundly original work looks ugly at first.' This should be updated now to 'All profoundly ugly work looks original at first.
Most people find facts irritating. Facts interfere with their systems of denial.
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