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 goes, everything goes.
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.
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.
Very few people ever understand art. If you are lucky, they will buy it for the wrong reasons.
The struggle to be original hates conformity, but the struggle to be better disregards it, or takes advantage of it to build workable conventions.
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.
Art is not truth. Truth conforms to reality. Art invents reality.
It matters little if something is 'craft' or 'art.' The question is only this: does it give me pleasure?
What is sublime? / the artist said. / I haven't time / to be well read. / To be sub lime / I'll place, instead, / green citrus fruit / upon my head.
Art rides in on pleasure.
When making a painting, only one thing counts: what you do next.
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