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The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature. ...
by Sol LeWitt

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
- Sol LeWitt

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

I didn't want to save art - I respected the older artists
too much to think art needed saving.
But I knew it was finished, even though,
at that time, I didn't know what I would do.
- Sol LeWitt

I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize
the primacy of the idea in making art.
- Sol LeWitt

 

Artists teach critics what to think.
Critics repeat what the artists teach them.
- Sol LeWitt

The thinking of John Cage derived from Duchamp and Dada.
I was not interested in that.
- Sol LeWitt

You shouldn't be a prisoner of your own ideas.
- Sol LeWitt

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Conceptual art became the liberating idea that gave
the art of the next 40 years its real impetus.
- Sol LeWitt

The other great development has been in photography,
but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
- Sol LeWitt

A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can
be passed to another mind in some tangible form.
- Sol LeWitt

During the '70s I was interested in words and meaning as a way of making art.
- Sol LeWitt

Unless you're involved with thinking about what you're doing,
you end up doing the same thing over and over,
and that becomes tedious and, in the end,
defeating.
- Sol LeWitt

Minimalism wasn't a real idea - it ended before it started.
- Sol LeWitt

Buying books was a way anyone could acquire a work of art for very little.
- Sol LeWitt

The artist is seen like a producer of commodities,
like a factory that turns our refrigerators.
- Sol LeWitt

When artists make art, they shouldn't question whether
it is permissible to do one thing or another.
- Sol LeWitt

Artists of many diverse types began using simple forms to their own ends.
- Sol LeWitt

I believe that the artist's involvement in the capitalist
structure is disadvantageous to the artist and forces
him to produce objects in order to live.
- Sol LeWitt

All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art.
This includes the art of installation,
political, feminist and socially directed art.
- Sol LeWitt

Every generation renews itself in its own way;
there's always a reaction against whatever is standard.
- Sol LeWitt

I became interested in making books,
starting about 1965,
when I did the Serial Project #1, deciding that I needed
a small book to show how the work could be understood
and how the system worked.
- Sol LeWitt

Just as the development of earth art and installation
art stemmed from the idea of taking art out of the galleries,
the basis of my involvement with public art is a continuation of wall drawings.
- Sol LeWitt

Also, since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form,
the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept.
It is the idea that is being reproduced.
Anyone who understands the work of art owns it.
We all own the Mona Lisa.
- Sol LeWitt

The system is the work of art; the visual work of art
is the proof of the System.
The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system.
It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.
- Sol LeWitt

In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms -
square,
cube, line and color - to produce logical systems.
Most of these systems were finite; that is,
they were complete using all possible variations.
This kept them simple.
- Sol LeWitt

The pattern of the narrative never of necessity wants to end,
it never has to.
- Robert Creeley

Music is the subliminal connecting adhesive in film,
or at least in narrative feature films.
- Carter Burwell

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

What gets left out is the narrative between the bullets,
which would tell us who's going to do what and how
we're going to achieve the generic goals on the list.
- Edward Tufte

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

We construct a narrative for ourselves,
and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next.
People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
- Paul Auster

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which,
in turn, can become history.
It's scary.
- Barbara Kruger

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust,
has produced great works of poetry.
- Eugenio Montale

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

And I sense it was a rather constructed,
almost half narrative fiction film in some ways.
A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those
things in there that I knew to be strong.
- Terry Zwigoff

First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts
of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses
and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.
- Paul Ricoeur

I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
- Brian Eno

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
- Sidney Sheldon

It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels
of reality in the narrative.
One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's
poisoned version of what took place.
- Gabriel Byrne

I write short, my words tight to the thread of the narrative.
- Carmen Laforet

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
- Lord Chesterfield

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

I hear music as narrative.
- Ajay Naidu

The narrative impulse is always with us;
we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
- Robert Coover

Documentaries have always inspired me in narrative filmmaking.
- Griffin Dunne

Narrative is linear, but action has breadth and depth
as well as height and is solid.
- Thomas Carlyle

People need a sacred narrative.
They must have a sense of larger purpose,
in one form or another, however intellectualized.
They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.
- E. O. Wilson

Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their
relationship with the divine other,
God or the gods, and with the human other,
the stranger.
- Timothy Radcliffe

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction;
there's only narrative.
- E. L. Doctorow

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

I prefer to bring these to the service of story rather
than to let them replace narrative.
- James Gunn

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

National Standards was not a narrative of past events
but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
- Phyllis Schlafly

I used my instincts.
It's very easy to imagine how you'd feel,
actually.
I just had to tell the narrative.
- Christopher Eccleston

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays,
adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

I'm Godless.
I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.
- Darren Aronofsky

Narrative identity takes part in the story's movement,
in the dialectic between order and disorder.
- Paul Ricoeur

I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative.
This is not only a book about a great storyteller,
but there have to be stories about the storyteller.
- Stephen Greenblatt

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

The lyrics are different from Nick Cave songs and lyrics.
His songs are very narrative.
- Stephen Malkmus

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong
sense of narrative drive.
- Helen Dunmore

The journey and excursions in Mexico which have originated
the narrative and remarks contained in this volume
were made in the months of March,
April, May, and June of 1856, for the most part on horseback.
- Edward Burnett Tylor

I think that this misses out on some of the interesting narrative realities,
which is that it actually doesn't work very well,
that eliminating diversity is actually a really good
way to make a species and its individuals less robust.
- Cory Doctorow

That certainly is one approach to take.
My own is to acknowledge the inner child and try to
work with my first fascination with science fiction.
I have tried to build on its idea content and narrative
drive rather than to discard them.
- James Gunn

The narrative constructs the identity of the character,
what can be called his or her narrative identity,
in constructing that of the story told.
It is the identity of the story that makes the identity of the character.
- Paul Ricoeur


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