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.
When anything can be art, art is not much of anything.
A clear idea about the nature of quality in art will always result in inferior art tailored to it.
Live to paint, don't paint to live.
Postmodernism is Modernism with Alzheimer's.
Postmodernism lives in the academy, where words abandon reality to serve ambition, and reputations rise on hot air.
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.
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.
When anything goes, everything goes.
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.
Convention and restriction release inhibition and provoke the imagination.
Experience is real. Painting, which comes out of experience, is real. The world is an illusion.
Nothing is as hopeless as trying to justify art in words.
Part of history is facts. The other part is what we find easier to believe.
When good ideas get put to bad use, it is the fault of the user, not the idea.
Most people find facts irritating. Facts interfere with their systems of denial.
Dogmatism spreads its roots in the fertile soil of uncertainty.
There's a big difference between grabbing attention and rewarding attention.
The struggle to be original hates conformity, but the struggle to be better disregards it, or takes advantage of it to build workable conventions.
Good new art may not look like art. Inspiration doesn't follow style, it creates it.
Talent is like a seed which needs fertile soil. There is no less talent now, there is less fertile soil to nourish it.
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