Category: Quotes

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Claes Oldenburg

“Subject matter is not necessarily an obstacle to ‘seeing’ pure form and color. Since I am committed to openness, my works are constructed to perform in as many ways as anyone wants them to. As time goes on and the things they ‘represent’ vanish from daily use, their purely formal character will be more evident: Read More

Terry R. Myers

“painting gives no guarantee that any message it contains will remain intact, despite attempts to permanently endow materiality with meaning.” Read More

Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)

“Research has consistently shown that fewer than 20% of art museum leadership positions are held by people of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, or multiracial backgrounds. One reason for this disparity is the limitations on access, and another is a limitation on resources. By providing paid summer internships to students who want to explore a Read More

Claude Monet

“When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you – a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color Read More

W. E. B. Du Bois

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” Read More

Horace Pippin

“The pictures come to me in my mind, and if to me it is a worthwhile picture I paint it I do over the picture several times in my mind and when I am ready to paint it I have all the details I need.” Read More

Yevgeny Zamyatin

“But clouds bellied out in the sultry heat, the sky cracked open with a crimson gash, spewed flame-and the ancient forest began to smoke. By morning there was a mass of booming, fiery tongues, a hissing, crashing, howling all around, half the sky black with smoke, and the bloodied sun just barely visible.” Artwork: “Forest Read More

Coco Chanel

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” Read More

Auguste Rodin

“[Art says] everything that one can say about man and the world. Besides, they make us understand that there is something that one cannot know.” (Rodin: Sculpture & Drawings by Catherine Lampert) Read More

Judy Chicago

“People bring their own skills at reading language to reading language, skills at understanding poetry– meter, rhythm, imagery. If you’re not skilled you read it on one level, if you’re more skilled you begin to read it on another. and generally we are illiterate visually, which is one issue that I’m trying to address, and Read More

Charles Bukowski

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” Read More

Ryan Trecartin

“We’re getting closer and closer to being able to create at the speed of creative thought. I want there to be no such thing as reality or fantasy; I want it all to just be.” Read More

Joan Semmel

“There are many great women artists. And we shouldn’t still be talking about why there are no great women artists. If there are no great, celebrated women artists, that’s because the powers that be have not been celebrating them, but not because they are not there.” Read More

Kirk Varnedoe

“Yet as so often of modern art’s past, what initially appears as nihilistic subversion can turn out to be an act of renewal or even admiration.” Read More

Edward hopper

“If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Read More

Chuck Close

“Neurologically, I’m a quadriplegic, so virtually everything about my work has been driven by my learning disabilities, which are quite severe, and my lack of facial recognition, which I’m sure is what drove me to paint portraits in the first place.” Read More

Frida Kahlo

“I am my own muse.” Photo Credit: Damijan Fric (website) Read More

Brad Bird

“…animation is not a genre. It is a method of storytelling. People are constantly analyzing it and misanalysing it as if it is a genre. It isn’t a genre. It can do horror films, it can do adult comedies if it wanted to, it could do fairy tales, it could do science fiction, it could do musicals, Read More

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”   Read More

Terry Pratchett

“In my experience, what every true artist wants, really wants, is to be paid.” Read More

Rachel Winchester (Creator of

“It seems like the faster people are able to post images online, the less they think about the images they’re posting.” Read More

Robert L. Peters

“Design is the application of intent. Graphic design targets the eye, and ultimately the mind’s eye, of both the individual beholder and the broader audience. Strategy, concept, message, and visual vocabulary connect sender and receiver by means of graphic acuity and attraction… you see?” Read More

Thomas Merton

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Read More

James Baldwin

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” Read More

Oscar Wilde

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.” Read More