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Art is Art.
by Ad Reinhardt

Art is Art.
Everything else is everything else.
- Ad Reinhardt

Only a bad artist thinks he has a good idea.
A good artist does not need anything.
- Ad Reinhardt

I tried to oppose the academic to the marketplace.
- Ad Reinhardt

Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
- Ad Reinhardt

 

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting,
you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place.
I wouldn't know where to send a student to study.
- Ad Reinhardt

Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected
with some school or some museum school,
and even in New York the majority are.
That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money,
making a living selling paintings.
Only a dozen or two painters do that.
- Ad Reinhardt

I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese,
Japanese, and Indian.
But the painting classes came back.
The nudes came back.
Not so much the still lifes.
So now our department is the worst department,
partly because it has the worst facilities.
- Ad Reinhardt

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The job at Brooklyn is interesting because Brooklyn
reflects what happened to university art departments everywhere.
It might be the worst department now,
and yet at one point it was the best in the country.
- Ad Reinhardt

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art;
men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
- Robert Delaunay

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

Art doesn't transform.
It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler

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

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
- Elie Wiesel

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

The principles of true art is not to portray,
but to evoke.
- Jerzy Kosinski

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

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

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 produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

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

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon


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