Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some Notable Quotables

Some Notable Quotables

    As I begin teaching the Summer III session of a course called “Art as a World Phenomenon” at Kent Stark, it occurs to me once again that even though I’m the “teacher,” I am in fact, first and foremost, a perpetual student of art. As such, over my lifetime, I’ve gathered a bountiful crop of ideas and attitudes about art and artists. As teacher, then, I’m simply an impassioned student who gets to literally give away the fruits of my labors to other students . Or at the very least, I see my role as tilling the soil of other minds and souls in order to sow the seeds of an authentic and lasting art appreciation (not to be confused with “liking” art).
    And so it is that I present the following list of quotes not just to my university students, but to all of you faithful readers who share my passion to any degree. These words are NOT to be taken as indisputable truths or ironclad definitions of art. And I don’t agree with all of them. Rather, let them plow up contextual possibilities for embracing the sheer vastness of what we call art. In any case, I hope there are plenty enough seeds here to lead to a nourishing harvest.    

    The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  -Aristotle
    The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. – Michelangelo
    Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.   -Leonardo da Vinci
    The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.  -Winston Churchill
    A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. -Oscar Wilde
   Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.  -Edgar Degas
   Art is a harmony parallel with nature.  -Paul Cezanne
   Great art picks up where nature ends.  -Marc Chagall
    Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.  -George Bernard Shaw
    To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.  -Robert Schumann
    The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.  -Paul Gauguin
    Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.  -Thomas Merton
    I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.  -Georgia O'Keeffe
    You don't take a photograph, you make it.  -Ansel Adams
   I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. -Jackson Pollock
    Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. -Twyla Tharp
   If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.  -Anais Nin
    Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.  -Gian Carlo Menotti
   Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.  -Khalil Gibran
  The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. ― Anton Chekhov
  A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.  –Gertrude Stein
  What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. -John Updike
  Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.  –Ambrose Bierce
  Art is what you can get away with. ― Andy Warhol
    It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of self-deception.  -Robert Motherwell
   Photography is a major force in explaining man to man. -Edward Steichen
    Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies. -Anish Kapoor
   Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”  ― C.S. Lewis
   Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.― Banksy

    PHOTO: The Sower, by Vincent Van Gogh

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