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Artists On Art

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” – Paul Gauguin

“Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def

“I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” – Jodie Foster

“Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”- Albert Einstein

“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

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”- Albert Camus

“I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.”- Barbra Streisand

“I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”- Francis Ford Coppola

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, or the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.” – Maya Angelou

“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.”- Orson Welles

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”- John F. Kennedy

“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality in the world he lives in.”- Amy Lowell

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.”- Pablo Picasso

“I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art. It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.” -Mary Cassatt

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” -Henry David Thoreau

“Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.” -Khalil Gibran

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Where thou art, that is home.” – Emily Dickinson

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” – Stephen Sondheim

“I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever.  Art creates a kind of commentary.” – Barbara Kruger


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