A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form.
New materials are one of the great afflictions of contemporary art. Some artists confuse new materials with new ideas.
When artists make art, they shouldn't question whether it is permissible to do one thing or another.
Buying books was a way anyone could acquire a work of art for very little.
When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.
The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work
The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.
The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art. This includes the art of installation, political, feminist and socially directed art.
During the '70s I was interested in words and meaning as a way of making art.
Conceptual art became the liberating idea that gave the art of the next 40 years its real impetus.
I didn't want to save art - I respected the older artists too much to think art needed saving. But I knew it was finished, even though, at that time, I didn't know what I would do.
The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system. It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.
Minimal art went nowhere.
Ideas alone can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.
Just as the development of earth art and installation art stemmed from the idea of taking art out of the galleries, the basis of my involvement with public art is a continuation of wall drawings.
When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.
What the work of art looks like isn't too important. It has to look like something if it has a physical form. No matter what form it may finally have it must begin with an idea. It is the process of conception and realization with which the artist is concerned.
One usually understands the art of the past by applying the conventions of the present thus misunderstanding the art of the past.
A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist's mind to the viewer's. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist's mind.
Conceptual art is only good if the idea is good.
Also, since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa.
Formal art is essentially rational.
I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize the primacy of the idea in making art
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