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  • For the first time I know what love is; what friends are; and what art should be. Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Friendship is another form of love.. more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting and acceptances of things like thunderclouds and grass and the clean granite of reality. Art is both love and friendship and understanding: the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is a recreation on another plane of the realities of the world; the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the interrelations of these.
    Ansel Adams > Love, Art, Life, Spirit, Light, Beauty, World
  • I start a picture and I finish it. I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life.
    Jean Michel Basquiat > Art Work, Life, Art, Work, Thinking
  • I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
    Jean Michel Basquiat > Meaning, Art, Art Critics
  • If I make a painting, it should be seen for what it's set out to do too. A lot of the things that I do, it's not all art. Some of it's design, some of it's illustration, some of it's graphics, some of it's concept, some of it's business and some of it, hopefully, is art.
    Ken Done > Painting, Art, Design, Business
  • Art shouldn't be something that you go quietly into an art gallery and dip your forelock and say 'I have to be very quiet, I'm in here amongst the art.' It's here, art's everywhere. It's how you use your eyes. It's about the enjoyment of visual things. And it's certainly not for any one group of people.
    Ken Done > Enjoy, Art, Art Gallery
  • I've always thought that there shouldn't be any limit to the things that are well designed. And I think that people who consider that art should only be kept for art galleries and doesn't have a role in public life, I think that's too narrow.
    Ken Done > Thinking, Art, Art Gallery, Design, Life
  • Unhappiness is something that really hurts. I once said I would swap all the art and all the success to get rid of the unhappiness.
    Tracey Emin > Sad, Art, Success, Happy
  • There should be something revelatory about art. It should be totally new and creative, and it should open doors for new thoughts and new experiences.
    Tracey Emin > Inspirational, Art, New, Creative, Thoughts
  • I’m a terrible cook, but if I could cook, I would see that as art as well, it’s how much creative energy you put into something.
    Tracey Emin > Creative, Art, Energy
  • What's really good about the word 'art' is that 'art' is a word like 'love,' or 'god,' or whatever. It transcends so many things.
    Tracey Emin > Good, Art, Love, God
  • I've worked really hard. I've made three pieces of seminal art in my life. If I died tomorrow, I'd be remembered for making them. There are a lot of artists who, no matter how hard they work in their lives, will never make anything seminal.
    Tracey Emin > Work, Art, Life, Masterpiece, Art Work, Artists, Die
  • One of the afflictions of art and of taste is the untruth you may tell yourself about the operations of your taste, or let's say, the results of your taste and the untruth you may tell to others. You're told that Raphael was a great painter and you can't see it yourself, but since you've been told it, you've read it everywhere and so forth, you look at a Raphael and you may look at a failed one and say, "well, it's got to be good because Raphael is so famous, the authorities say he's so good." That's one of the worst ways in which to begin or to continue looking at art.
    Clement Greenberg > Likes, Dislike
    , Taste, Art, Famous, Truth, Painter, Good
  • In visual arts, prodigies don't count. In music and literature, yes, but not in art.
    Clement Greenberg > Art, Writing, Music
  • Art goes on in your head. If you said something interesting, that might be a title for a work of art and I'd write it down. Art comes from everywhere. It's your response to your surroundings. There are on-going ideas I've been working out for years, like how to make a rainbow in a gallery. I've always got a massive list of titles, of ideas for shows, and of works without titles.
    Damien Hirst > Art, Interesting, Art Work, Titles,
  • It's very hard as an artist to admit you have a desire to be famous. To be an artist is not about fame; it's about art, which is this intangible thing that has got to have lots of integrity, whereas being famous doesn't really take any integrity. But I think you have to admit that you want to be famous, otherwise you can't be an artist. Art and fame together are like a desire to live forever.
    Damien Hirst > Art, Fame, Artist, I Think
  • I did an installation called Pharmacy, and now I'm doing it as a restaurant.. I just want to make it a great place to be. Whether that's art or not, I don't know. What I do know is it's fulfilling all my needs as an artist. I think it's art.
    Damien Hirst > Art, I Think, Installations
  • I'm getting more from designing a new restaurant now than from the art world. I think art's about life.
    Damien Hirst > Art, Life, I Think, Installations, Design
  • I think art is good at looking back and looking forward. I don't think art is good at looking head-on. At the end of the day, people are more important than paintings.
    Damien Hirst > Art, Painting, I Think
  • All art is contemporary, if it's alive, and if it's not alive, what's the point of it?
    David Hockney > Contemporary, Art, Life
  • I have always tended to take art contextually. If I have any merits as a critic, they have to do with my ability as a storyteller.. and above all I wanted to tell a story.
    Robert Hughes > Art Criticism, Art
  • I don't like the idea of art being a pseudo-religion. I love genuinely visionary, mystical art.
    Robert Hughes > Art, Ideas, Religion, Dislike
  • I love art that is really fully embodied, that has a somatic character, not art that has some kind of academic, post-structuralist simper.
    Robert Hughes > Art, Love, Like, Taste
  • I'm interested in the morality of what it means to be an artist. As an artist I'm most concerned with what art means to me, how it defines my life
    Jeff Koons > Artist, Art, Interests, Meaning, Life
  • The basic story line is about art leaving the realm of the artist, when the artist loses control of the work.
    Jeff Koons > Art Work, Art, Artist
  • Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.
    Pablo Picasso > Art, Love, Beauty

  • Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.
    Pablo Picasso > Art
  • It never ceases to amaze me when ordinary people get into the spirit of what I'm doing. It's pivotal to my art.
    Spencer Tunick > Art Audience, Spirit, Art
  • Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
    Andy Warhol > Money, Business, Work, Art
  • Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist.
    Andy Warhol > Art, Business, Artist
  • Art should astonish, transmute, transfix. One must work at the tissue between truth and paranoia.
    Brett Whiteley > Work, Art, Truth
  • The fine art of painting, which is the bastard of alchemy, always has been always will be, a game. The rules of the game are quite simple: in a given arena, on as many psychic fronts as the talent allows, one must visually describe, the centre of the meaning of existense.
    Brett Whiteley > Painting, Talent, Meaning, Art
  • The most fundamental reason one paints is in order to see.
    Brett Whiteley > Paint, Art
  • Art is the thrilling spark that beats death - thats all.
    Brett Whiteley > Death, Art


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