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.
When anything goes, everything goes.
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.
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.
The first duty of intelligence is to recognize the obvious.
Art makes you reinvent the wheel with regularity. If you don't, art gets bored and slips away.
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.
Limitation of means is a precondition of excellence. Creative freedom chooses its limitations. Destructive freedom rejects them heedlessly.
When imitation goes over big, it isn't imitation, it is a trend.
We must turn away from work that replaces experience and pleasure with explanation.
Most people find facts irritating. Facts interfere with their systems of denial.
We learn to lie by believing words rather than experience.
When anyone can produce dreck or publish gibberish, and not only get away with it but be celebrated for it, the discipline is no longer a discipline, and it will get no respect.
The art consensus is not criteria, it is convenience.
Purplish brown? Let's agree it / is a color so bad we all flee it / it has no good use / so let's name it Puce / from the sound we make when we see it.
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