Writing about art is only useful when it leads to the experience of art.
When you are painting a landscape, assume the painting is real and the landscape is an illusion.
Postmodernism is Modernism with Alzheimer's.
If you learn something too well, it will get in the way of your perception of reality.
When anything can be art, art is not much of anything.
When anything goes, everything goes.
Art makes you reinvent the wheel with regularity. If you don't, art gets bored and slips away.
The first duty of intelligence is to recognize the obvious.
Talent is like a seed which needs fertile soil. There is no less talent now, there is less fertile soil to nourish it.
Live to paint, don't paint to live.
Postmodernism is silly and joyless at the same time.
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.
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.
A clear idea about the nature of quality in art will always result in inferior art tailored to it.
Big minds have big ideas. Small minds use big ideas to justify bad ideas.
Whether something is called art is beside the point. What counts is what happens when you ask it to actually be art.
Art is not 'about.' Art is.
Nothing is as hopeless as trying to justify art in words.
When good ideas get put to bad use, it is the fault of the user, not the idea.
Experience is real. Painting, which comes out of experience, is real. The world is an illusion.
Convention and restriction release inhibition and provoke the imagination.
Don't explain, enjoy.
Good art has everything you need to know about it in the work, not on a wall label. Art is here to take us beyond language.
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