Humor is the only reason to live.
I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
The artist performs only one part of the creative process. The onlooker completes it, and it is the onlooker who has the last word.
Anything is art if an artist says it is.
It's true, of course, humor is very important in my life, as you know. That's the only reason for living, in fact.
As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.
The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.
All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.
The life of an artist is like the life of a monk, a lewd monk if you like, very Rabelaisian. It is an ordination.
It's not what you see that is art. Art is the gap.
Destruction is also creation.
You cannot define electricity. The same can be said of art. It is a kind of inner current in a human being, or something which needs no definition.
Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes.
What I have in mind is that art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way that a bad emotion is still an emotion.
Artmaking is making the invisible, visible.
I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products.
I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
Aesthetic delectation is the danger to be avoided.
In the last analysis, the artist may shout from all the rooftops that he is a genius; he will have to wait for the verdict of posterity.
It's the viewer that makes the work.
I believe that the artist doesn't know what he does. I attach even more importance to the spectator than to the artist.
Art has the lovely habit of ruining all artistic theories.
Art is not about itself but the attention we bring to it.
Do unto others as they wish, but with imagination.
This concern which interests us more than anything else: the blurring of the distinction between art and life.
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