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Robert Smithson Quotes and Sayings

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Artists themselves are not confined,
but their output is.
- Robert Smithson

Related topics: Art

Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification.
- Robert Smithson

History is a facsimile of events held together by finally
biographical information.
- Robert Smithson

Language should find itself in the physical world,
and not end up locked in an idea in somebody's head.
- Robert Smithson

 

Nature does not proceed in a straight line,
it is rather a sprawling development.
- Robert Smithson

Words for mental processes are all derived from physical things.
- Robert Smithson

Art history is less explosive than the rest of history,
so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time.
- Robert Smithson

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The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere,
and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye.
- Robert Smithson

A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral.
Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through
a kind of esthetic convalescence.
- Robert Smithson

Some artists imagine they've got a hold on this apparatus,
which in fact has got a hold of them.
As a result, they end up supporting a cultural prison
that is out of their control.
- Robert Smithson

Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate
as questions about content.
- Robert Smithson

From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the
New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline.
- Robert Smithson

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished,
but the art habit continues.
- Robert Smithson

The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground-
congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
- Robert Smithson

I am for an art that takes into account the direct
effect of the elements as they exist from day to day
apart from representation.
- Robert Smithson

Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic.
Parks are finished landscapes for finished art .
- Robert Smithson

Nature is never finished.
- Robert Smithson

Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes
his own limits on an art exhibition,
rather than asking an artist to set his limits.
- Robert Smithson

Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought.
- Robert Smithson

Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments,
the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future.
- Robert Smithson

Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum.
- Robert Smithson

The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks
are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness.
- Robert Smithson

Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact
is not a condition of the ideal.
- Robert Smithson

Mistakes and dead-ends often mean more to these artists than any proven problem.
- Robert Smithson

A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge,
and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world.
- Robert Smithson

Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising.
- Robert Smithson

When a finished work of 20th century sculpture is placed
in an 18th century garden,
it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past,
thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us.
- Robert Smithson

Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall
into their own mental bogs of meaning.
- Robert Smithson

An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words.
- Robert Smithson

History is representational, while time is abstract;
both of these artifices may be found in museums,
where they span everybody's own vacancy.
- Robert Smithson

Artists are expected to fit into fraudulent categories.
- Robert Smithson

Language should be an ever developing procedure and
not an isolated occurrence.
- Robert Smithson

Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical.
- Robert Smithson

Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void.
- Robert Smithson

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
- Robert Indiana

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

Artists don't make objects.
Artists make mythologies.
- Anish Kapoor

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

I made it easier for many artists to play in certain areas.
- Norman Granz

Most artists have contracts directly with the record company,
and when they do music, all of their music is owned by the record company.
But I did mine through a production company.
- Roy Ayers

If it's stage, the two most important artists are the
actor and the playwright.
If it's film, THE most important person is the director.
The director says where the camera goes.
- Brad Dourif

A lot of artists say, I'm not political.
People are afraid of this word.
- Holly Near

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue.
Those of us who aren't artists must color things the
way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
- Jules Feiffer

A lot of artists who have a certain style are expected
to more or less keep doing their style.
It's so easy to get into that rut of production.
- Laurie Anderson

True artists are prophets.
I don't want to be that prophetic in that sense because it's so lonely.
- Yoko Ono

The only people left in America who seem not to be
artists are illustrators.
- Brad Holland

The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists.
But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the
rare instances where the term fits.
- Martin Scorsese

We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of
us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that
it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure.
- Robertson Davies

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis
will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed.
It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
- Paul Schrader

A collection makes its own demands.
Many artists have been collectors.
I think of it rather as an illness.
I felt it was using up too much energy.
- Howard Hodgkin

The best artists are gone now.
- Johnny Winter

Dear disgruntled artists: the key to success isn't kicking down the door;
it's building your own.
- Brian Celio

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
- Arthur Erickson

Dance is certainly a sport, and they are phenomenal athletes,
and they're also artists.
- Neve Campbell

Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality
nearer to the heart's desire.
- John Dewey

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary
mediocrity and colossal stupidity.
Otherwise, it was great.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Great artists have no country.
- Alfred de Musset

Those nations of artists, finding their own individualism,
and kind of standing against the world:
to me that's the ultimate nightmare.
I want to get lost and diffused in the world.
- Robert Wyatt

The individual, man as a man, man as a brain,
if you like, interests me more than what he makes,
because I've noticed that most artists only repeat themselves.
- Marcel Duchamp

Success breeds volume, and it's just amazing how many young writers,
artists, and musicians there are in town.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso

The press will naturally come and go as it has done with all artists,
from David Bowie to Neil Young to U2.
- Kelly Jones

Artists don't talk about art.
Artists talk about work.
If I have anything to say to young writers,
it's stop thinking of writing as art.
Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky

I meet many people, I talk with them,
like a TV show host.
I show what's going on with Greenpeace,
interesing political things, I have artists,
musicians and bands.
- Nina Hagen

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

Artists don't always know.
Almost every song I ever recorded that was a hit at
the majors that the promotional people picked I didn't think it would be a hit.
I was wrong every time!
- Roy Ayers

James Brown was one of the first artists who found
four bars that he liked and played them the entire way through,
and then he just added to it vocally.
- Brian Austin Green

There are countless artists whose shoes I am not worthy to polish -
whose prints would not pay the printer.
The question of judgment is a puzzling one.
- Maxfield Parrish

I've never been able to say I've been influenced by
a list of artists I like because I like thousands and
thousands and I've been influenced in some way by all of them.
- Jack Nicholson

My parents cultured me a lot and they introduced me to a lot of artists,
a lot of their friends.
- Amber Tamblyn


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