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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

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

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

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

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

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

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

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

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

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.

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

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

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

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

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

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

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

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

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

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

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

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

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

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

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

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

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

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

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

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

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

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp

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


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