Writing about art is only useful when it leads to the experience of art.
Postmodernism is silly and joyless at the same time.
When you are painting a landscape, assume the painting is real and the landscape is an illusion.
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 is Modernism with Alzheimer's.
Live to paint, don't paint to live.
When anything goes, everything goes.
When inspiration dies, imitation thrives.
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.
When anything can be art, art is not much of anything.
Art is not 'about.' Art is.
Talent is like a seed which needs fertile soil. There is no less talent now, there is less fertile soil to nourish it.
If you learn something too well, it will get in the way of your perception of reality.
Big minds have big ideas. Small minds use big ideas to justify bad ideas.
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.
Craft' gets a bad rap. Mediocre art is not caused by craft; it is caused by artists. Good art employs whatever craft works best.
Complete freedom debilitates art but reveals much about character.
Art makes you reinvent the wheel with regularity. If you don't, art gets bored and slips away.
Art is there for nourishment, not explication.
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.
Whether something is called art is beside the point. What counts is what happens when you ask it to actually be art.
A clear idea about the nature of quality in art will always result in inferior art tailored to it.
Don't burden art with words and ideas. Art comes from a deeper place.
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