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What happened? Art happened. (Marina Abramovic)

Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him. (Chinua Achebe)

Art inspires, produces an unwillingness to settle for what we have and a desire for something better. It is the product and producer of creative activity, change; it is essential for continuous development. (Russell L. Ackoff)

Impression is not enough. Design, style, technique - these, too, are not enough. Art must reach further than impression or self-revelation. (Ansel Adams)

Art's whatever you choose to frame. (Fleur Adcock)

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us. (Roy Adzak)

- oral history review, 1968..
And I find art is something that gives you something that you need for your life. Just as religion is something that you need even if you constantly find it denied today. (Anni Albers)

Through the various forms of modern media it seems that art has become a deluge. (Greg Allen)

Public Art is for the birds. (Terry Allen)

Never judge a work of art by its defects. (Washington Allston)

Clever does not equate art. (Daniela Andersen)

Art is about paying attention. (Laurie Anderson)

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem. (Lindsay Anderson)

Art is an intersection of many human needs. (Carl Andre)

I mean, art for art's sake is ridiculous. Art is for the sake of one's needs. (Carl Andre)

-corrupted from Max Beerbohm...
'I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like,' really means, 'I don't know anything about art, but I like what I know.' (Anonymous)

My art's more than art imitating life, it's art mirroring life. (Robin Antar)

The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate – it is life, intensified, brilliant life. (Alain Arias-Misson)

Artists are in a unique position to leave an intimate record of human life, as they give us the opportunity to see not only through their eyes but also through their thoughts and emotions. One could say that the greater the art, the more clearly we experience this communion of souls. (Juliette Aristides)

Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. (Aristotle)

Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends. (Aristotle)

All art is concerned with coming into being... for art is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature. (Aristotle)

To touch art is to touch the mind; to touch the mind is to touch a life. (J. David Arnold)

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb. (Hans Jean Arp)

There is no word for art. We say it is to transfer something from the real to the unreal. I am an owl, and I am a happy owl. I like to make people happy and everything happy. I am the light of happiness and I am a dancing owl. (Kenojuak Ashevak)

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself. (Margaret Atwood)

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. (W. H. Auden)

Art is born of humiliation. (W. H. Auden)

Art sometimes is as simple as nothing, and other times as mysterious as nature or a woman. (Jeet Aulakh)

- The Perfect Master by Charles Purdom...
Art, when inspired with love, leads to higher realms. Love art, and that art will open for you the inner life. (Meher Baba)

Art is a divine thing. It can only be rightly expressed if opposed, to bring out its inner beauty that lies behind. (Meher Baba)

Art is an international language, understood by all. (Igor Babailov)

You see, painting has now become, or all art has now become completely a game, by which man distracts himself. What is fascinating actually is, that it's going to become much more difficult for the artist, because he must really deepen the game to become any good at all. (Francis Bacon)

Art is man's nature; nature is God's art. (Philip James Bailey)

- The Anthologist...
You need the art in order to love the life. (Nicholson Baker)

If an artist calls it art, it's art. (John Baldessari)

Art touches the soul... art is communication... it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing. (Nina Baldwin)

What is art? Nature concentrated. (Honore de Balzac)

The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious. (Lester Bangs)

Art is not 'about.' Art is. (Darby Bannard)

Whether something is called art is beside the point. What counts is what happens when you ask it to actually be art. (Darby Bannard)

Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that's what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer... but never judge it. (Nick Bantock)

The veracity of 'art for art's sake' is more accurately expressed as 'art for our sake.' (Che Baraka)

Art has many avenues; love is carried through many vessels. Your oceans are your colours, your ship is your brush and your treasures are in your heart. (Moncy Barbour)

Art is made by the alone for the alone. (Luis Barragan)

Art is visceral and vulgar - it's an eruption. (Georg Baselitz)

Art should stimulate. (Ala Bashir)

Art is no longer anything more than a kind of meta-language for banality. (Jean Baudrillard)

Black art has always existed. It just hasn't been looked for in the right places. (Romare Bearden)

Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear. (Samuel Beckett)

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess? (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Art is an end in itself; its values are intrinsic. (Daniel Bell)

Art condenses the experience we all have as human beings, and, by forming it, makes it significant. We all have an in-built need for harmony and the structures that create harmony. Basically, art is an affirmation of life. (Trevor Bell)

-Nobel Prize Lecture, 1976...
The intelligent public is wonderfully patient with them, continues to read them, and endures disappointment after disappointment, waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, social theory, and what it cannot hear from pure science. (Saul Bellow)

Art is who we are. It facilitates self-realization in everyone. (Philippe Benichou)

Art is not life, nor a reproduction of life, but a representation carried out within the specific terms, conversions and limitations of the particular art used. Hence, absolute truth, with reference to objective fact, is not to be found in the business. The most realistic art is considerably removed from reality. Art does not give real things or imitations of real things. The thing that art gives is strained first through the artist's selections and judgments, and then through the specific techniques which he used to present them. If you are to enjoy an art, you must first accept its terms. (Thomas Hart Benton)

All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man. (Bernard Berenson)

I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that art has often judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past has suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. (John Berger)

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. (Ingmar Bergman)

Art is I; science is we. (Claude Bernard)

- interview (videoview) of Beuys by Willoughby Sharp...
Art alone makes life possible - this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms. (Joseph Beuys)

Art is the only power to free humankind from all repression. (Joseph Beuys)

Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too. (Annie Bevan)

Through the last few decades it [the art object] has been ripped off the wall and twisted through every conceivable permutation, yet back to the wall it insists on going. (Ashley Bickerton)

picture, n. A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three. (Ambrose Bierce)

art, n. This word has no definition. (Ambrose Bierce)

Art can never exist without Naked Beauty display'd. (William Blake)

Art is frozen zen. (Reginald H. Blyth)

I believe art is foremost for the artist who creates it. You do it for your soul, and if the rest of the world gets something from it, that's a bonus. (Marion Boddy-Evans)

Art is more than a product of your efforts – it should be about feeling, life, attitude, soul. (Sergei Bongart)

Art, like sex, is too important to leave to the professionals... Art is not apart. It is a continuum within which all participate; we all function in art, use the skills of art, and engage in the action of artists every day. (Eric Booth)

Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic. (Jorge Luis Borges)

Man needs music, literature, and painting - all those oases of perfection that make up art - to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life. (Fernando Botero)

Art should be an oasis: a place or refuge from the hardness of life. (Fernando Botero)

Art is manipulation without intervention. (Louise Bourgeois)

Art is a guaranty of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said. (Louise Bourgeois)

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting. (Elizabeth Bowen)

Art should be waged like war. (Mark Boyle)

There hasn't been any art yet. Art is just beginning. (Constantin Brancusi)

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. (Georges Braque)

Art is polymorphic. A picture appears to each onlooker under a different guise. (Georges Braque)

Art is an attempt to understand, yielding pleasure in the attempt whether or not we understand. (Robert Brault)

Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. (Bertolt Brecht)

All artforms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living. (Bertolt Brecht)

A work of art is like a person: it has more than one soul in its breast. (Alfred Brendel)

Art is as parenting - once created and nurtured, it is allowed to express itself freely to others. (Bob Brendle)

Art is a profound intellectual stimulation. (K. A. Bressler)

The creative relationship with basic human archetypes can be communicated through art to human perception. (Kristi Bridgeman)

True art is undeniable and it is a gift for all humanity. (Charles Philip Brooks)

Making art is the most relaxing, joyous, therapeutic stimulating way to spend your time, as you unleash the part of your brain that's been itching to get at it. (Harley Brown)

Aaaarrrttt! Art is obviously one of the Three R's. (Peter William Brown)

Art is a real thing. Art is the soul of the whisper of the cloud on the horizon. (Peter William Brown)

What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite? (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

What's come to perfection perishes. / Things learned on earth, we shall practice in heaven. / Works done least rapidly, Art most cherishes. (Robert Browning)

Art is beautiful but it is hard, like a religion without a purpose. (Gunter Brus)

We are rapidly approaching the point where everything is art and, therefore, nothing is art. (Margo Buccini)

Art is the effort of man to express the ideas which nature suggests to him of a power above nature, whether that power be within the recesses of his own being, or in the Great First Cause of which nature, like himself, is but the effect. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Art is Nature made by Man / To Man the interpreter of God. (Robert Bulwer-Lytton)

- b.1835 d.1902...
The history of art is the history of revivals. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

When we separate music from life we get art. (John Cage)

Art is created for the future. (Tony Calderone)

Art, in all its forms, is the true history of the world. (Gavin Calf)

Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail. (Julia Cameron)

If all the world were clear, art would not exist. (Albert Camus)

We have art in order not to die of life. (Albert Camus)

Art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the confused. (Al Capp)

A picture is a work of art, not because it is 'modern,' nor because it is 'ancient,' but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling. (John F. Carlson)

Art comes from art. (Anthony Caro)

Art is an aspect of God and there is only one God, but different people see Him in different ways. Though He is always the same He doesn't always look the same... (Emily Carr)

The purpose of art is to bring people into presence. (Jim Carrey)

Painting is an illusion. ART is inside. (Alvaro Castagnet)

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself. (Willa Cather)

Art is a harmony parallel with nature. (Paul Cezanne)

An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all... feeling is the principle, the beginning and the end; craft, objective, technique - all these are in the middle. (Paul Cezanne)

Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else. (Marc Chagall)

Art is a liaison between some sort of deranged mentality and others who are not going through it. (John Chamberlain)

art is a lower case word. (Jack Chambers)

In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. (Raymond Chandler)

Art is Nature speeded up and God slowed down. (Malcolm de Chazal)

Art is the triumph over chaos. (John Cheever)

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. (G. K. Chesterton)

Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness – the work. (Eduardo Chillida)

A work of art must narrate something that does not appear within its outline. The objects and figures represented in it must likewise poetically tell you of something that is far away from them and also of what their shapes materially hide from us. (Giorgio de Chirico)

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men. (Giorgio de Chirico)

Art is not a pastime but a priesthood. (Jean Cocteau)

Art is science made clear. (Jean Cocteau)

All art is about correction. (Beaman Cole)

All art is an attempt to manifest the face of God in life. (Cecil Collins)

Art results not when there is nothing that can be added, but when there is nothing that can be taken away. (James O. Collins)

The universality of art, I suppose, always springs from the particular. (Alex Colville)

A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. (Joseph Conrad)

Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own. (Benjamin Constant)

Art is nothing tangible. We cannot call a painting 'art' as the words 'artifact' and 'artificial' imply. The thing made is a work of art made by art, but not itself art. The art remains in the artist and is the knowledge by which things are made. (Ananda Coomaraswamy)

Art validates us beyond what anyone else can do for us. (Anne Copeland)

Among other things, art is the confluence of fashion science and philosophy... or maybe not. (David Corcoran)

Art is the work of a person, a human being, who is free to take into himself what he sees outside and from his free center put his human stamp on it. (Sister Corita)

Art for art's sake. (Victor Cousin)

Our love of art is often quite temporary, dependent upon our moods, and our love of art is subservient to our demand for a positive self-image. How we look at art should account for those imperfections and work around them. (Tyler Cowen)

True art floats above us somewhere in the heavens, invisible, indefinable and unattainable. (Warren Criswell)

Art is what everyone knows it is. (Benedetto Croce)

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. (Isaac D'israeli)

Art is a necessity – an essential part of our enlightenment process. We cannot, as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts. (Ken Danby)

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild. (Dante)

Art influences everything. (Ginia A. Davis)

Art is really a battle. (Edgar Degas)

Art isn't something you marry. It's something you rape. (Edgar Degas)

Cold exactitude is not art; ingenious artifice, when it pleases or when it expressses, is art itself. (Eugene Delacroix)

Art is the idealization of the real and realization of the ideal. (Francois Delsarte)

Art is when things appear rounded. (Maurice Denis)

Art is no longer a visual sensation that we gather, like a photograph, as it were, of nature. No, it is a creation of our spirit, for which nature is only the occasion. (Maurice Denis)

Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality. (John Dewey)

I once had the nerve to ask Picasso the question, 'What is art?' He answered, 'Art is a lie which makes us see the truth.' (James Dickey)

Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic. (Annie Dillard)

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp. (John Donne)

All art, whether it pleases us or not, helps to add color, excitement, joy, or sadness and, most often, a sense of awe to our life's experience. (Henry O. Dormann)

Art is the one thing that speaks to everyone. Art transcends time and ties us all together as the human race. (David Dory)

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

Art does not lie down on the bed that is made for it; it runs away as soon as one says its name; it loves to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what it is called. (Jean Dubuffet)

Art has absolutely no existence as veracity, as truth. (Marcel Duchamp)

Art is anything people do with distinction. (Louis Dudek)

Art can lead you to God. I think that's the purpose of everything. If it's not doing that, what's it doing? It's leading you the other way. It's certainly not leading you nowhere. (Bob Dylan)

Art resides in the quality of doing; process is not magic. (Charles Eames)

Art is only an aspect of our evolutionary process amid the long struggle to know and experience everything imaginable. (Nic East)

When art finds no temple open, it takes refuge in the workshop. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Art has this long history, predating even language, of expressing nonverbal information. (Betty Edwards)

Art is about expression and translation. (Sterling Edwards)

The work of art acts like another living person with whom we are conversing. (Anton Ehrenzweig)

The arts inform as well as stimulate; they challenge as well as satisfy. Their location is not limited to galleries, concert halls and theatres. Their home can be found wherever humans chose to have attentive and vita intercourse with life itself. (Elliot W. Eisner)

Art is the escape from personality. (T. S. Eliot)

Art never improves, but... the material of art is never quite the same. (T. S. Eliot)

The human psyche includes many intrinsic qualities beyond the influence of fashion. Art that touches them will endure. (Virgil Elliott)

Art is when a Human tells another Human what it is to be Human. (Adrian Elmer)

Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Art is the path of the creator to his work. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Art is like a lover whom you run away from but who comes back and picks you up. (Tracey Emin)

Art is a series of evolutions. Numerous characterizations and endless connotations. Tremendous power in three letters. (Chantell Van Erbe)

What is art? Art is man's response, reaction and subsequent by-product of the world around him combined with his inner world. (Gary T. Erbe)

Art is the greatest possible rationalization of our deepest fears, joys, and instincts as human beings. (Martha Mayer Erlebacher)

Art is trapping states of consciousness on a particular media. (Maria Eskenasy)

If it has a use it isn't art. (Paterson Ewen)

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography. (Federico Fellini)

The art has to make it on its own, without explanations, and it's the same for poetry. If the poem or the painting has to be explained, then it's a failure in communication. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Without art the view of the world would be incomplete. (Conrad Fiedler)

All paintings are artwork but precious few become works of art, just as the fact that a pianist who can play all the correct notes doesn't assure an inspired performance. (Peter Fiore)

I think of art as a glue, a cultural and social glue. It's one of the means that has served to show us the things we believe in and the things we celebrate; it has served to reinforce our relationship to each other. (Eric Fischl)

Art should create an experience. (Eric Fischl)

Art is the concretization of the energy, hopes, and aspirations of humankind; every era generates its own energy. (Audrey Flack)

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom. (Gustave Flaubert)

The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it. (Gustave Flaubert)

Is fashion art? Can it be art? (Bridget Foley)

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake. (E. M. Forster)

Science disembodies; art embodies. (John Fowles)

Art's more interesting if you look at it. (Ruth Franklin)

Art is real and imaginary, two worlds rolled into one - the fulfillment of the artist's insatiable soul. (Edward J. Fraughton)

One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear. (Marilyn French)

- Cultural History of the Modern Age...
Art is the subjective, preferential treatment of certain elements of reality; it selects and resets, distributes light and shade, omits and underlines, softens and emphasises. (Egon Friedell)

How important are the visual arts in our society? I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance. Of course I could be prejudiced. I am a visual art. (Kermit the Frog, Muppet)

Any work of art must first of all tell a story. (Robert Frost)

Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life. (Margaret Fuller)

Ancient art was the tyrant of Egypt, the mistress of Greece and the servant of Rome. (Henry Fuseli)

The Force of Art lies in its immediate influence on human psychology and in its active contagiousness. (Naum Gabo)

This continuous monologue that seeks to become a dialogue... (Zoltan Galos)

Art is a language that can transcend words. It can convey some of the non-verbal consciousness of the artist to the viewer. (Ron Gang)

Art gropes, it stalks like a hunter lost in the woods, listening to itself and to everything around it, unsure of itself, waiting to pounce. (John W. Gardner)

Nobody needs an Artist, but everyone needs ART. (Laurence Gartel)

Art = a mad search for individualism. (Paul Gauguin)

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. (Paul Gauguin)

I can consider not only great art, but the context in which that art has been created. I can consider the people who paid a price for that art to be created and whether or not I want to appreciate that art on their backs. (Roxane Gay)

Art is a Great Goddess of infinite intrigue and illusion, and even a lifetime of worship may not find her fickle soul. (Robert Genn)

Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life. (Robert Genn)

"Art" is a placeholder word for the plumbing of infinity. (Sara Genn)

Art is a pigment of your imagination. (Darcy Gerdes)

When I have been most moved and impressed by artwork, music, or any expressive art form, it has been when the work has first grabbed my soul with its poetry, then amazed my mind in its structure and construction. (Daniel Gerhartz)

- The Art Student's Workbook...
Art without heart is craft. (Eric Gibbons)

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

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes. (Kahlil Gibran)

The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity. (Andre Gide)

Art has a prophetic role, denouncing the culture it lays bare. (Langdon Gilkey)

Art itself has become an extraordinary thing – the activity of peculiar people – people who become more and more peculiar as their activity becomes more and more extraordinary. (Eric Gill)

Enough has been said about art already. (Gregori Gillespi)

Art is only art if it is synonymous with living. (Alexander Girard)

Works of art are landscapes of the mind. (Ted Godwin)

Art is long, life is short, judgement difficult, opportunity transient. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

A genuine work of art usually displeases at first sight, as it suggests a deficiency in the spectator. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Art will always be art. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

True works of art are a manifestation of the higher laws of nature. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

This is the theory... that anything that is art... is presumably about some certain thing, but is really always about something else, and it's no good having one without the other, because if you just have the something it is boring and if you just have the something else it's irritating. (Edward Gorey)

Art is the flower of life and, as seed, it gives back life. (Remy de Gourmont)

Art is accusation, expression, passion. (Gunther Grass)

Art is everywhere you look for it; hail the twinkling stars for they are God's careless splatters. (El Greco)

Art isn't about good artwork but about being artistic. It's not about pretty pictures alone. It's about the attitude and sensitivities that a work of art may evoke. It's about giving the viewer something that they never could imagine. (Brad Greek)

There is art in any endeavor done well. (Irwin Greenberg)

Art is like a kite. You have to pull the string hard in order to stretch it to its limit, but you don't want to pull it so hard that you break the thread, because the thread connects you to the land and its peoples. (Wu Guan-Zhong)

True art awakens the / Extraordinary / Ovation. (Hafiz)

Art - Inspired by nature, born of the soul. (Hap Hagood)

Art is the soul of man, and without it he is lost. (Kenneth Hari)

Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life. (Lawren Harris)

Art must touch our lives, our fears and cares – evoke our dreams and give hope to the darkness. (Frederick Hart)

A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle. All time is comprehended. (Grace Hartigan)

Art and Love are mankind's greatest gift to himself. (David R. Hawkins)

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Art is not genius, but an ongoing dinner table conversation. (Julie Heffernan)

Art is the appearance of the idea. (Hegel-Schiller)

Art is one of the few things in today's world that is completely personal and original and expresses what a person is. It can inspire feeling, expression and passion in others. That's the intrinsic value of art. (Brent Heighton)

Art is always of fixed, determined solutions – not things that might as well be different. (Piet Hein)

The type of work I like is pure and simple and profound. (Michael Heizer)

Art is an outsider, a gypsy over the face of the earth. (Robert Henri)

A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle. (Robert Henri)

Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness. (Robert Henri)

You cannot talk about art. You have to art about art. (Carmen Herrera)

Art is music made visible as music is art made audible. (Ted Hesketh)

What makes a tight circle or a tight little square box more of an intellectual statement than something done emotionally, I don't know. Art is an essence, a center. (Eva Hesse)

Art is the child of design. (Lyn Hessels)

Art isn't paint; it's love. (Philip Hicken)

Art is a staple of mankind... So urgent, so utterly linked with the pulse of feeling that it becomes the singular sign of life when every other aspect of civilization fails. (Jamake Highwater)

Among the language of the American Indians, there is no word for 'art'... For Indians, everything is art... therefore needs no name. (Jamake Highwater)

Art thou innocent, art thou immoral... (Arthur Clement Hilton)

I believe all painting and art should be uplifting for the viewer. (Damien Hirst)

All art forms, including painting and music and poetry, are vehicles for us all to participate in being alive. Whatever adds richness to the experience of being alive is an art. (Quang Ho)

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus. (David Hockney)

A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world. (Hans Hofmann)

Art is the glorification of the human spirit, and as such it is the cultural documentation of the time in which it is produced. (Hans Hofmann)

Art is about communication. Art that lasts through the ages works symbolically. It triggers feelings and experiences that we've all had. (Gary Holland)

Many are making art without even being aware that that is what is happening. Watch a child play--or a workman sing. It is all art. (Susan Holland)

Art is not an object, but a 'feeling' that has no recognisable form. Paintings, sculpture, music and dance are objects left behind after the artist has tried to give this 'feeling' structure. (Christopher John Hollins)

A work of art enters life very much like another human being – complicated, loaded with overtones and meaning, mysterious, enticing, obsessive, and beautiful. There's no way to control how it will be used, how it will be read, and that's part of the excitement of it. (Budd Hopkins)

The transformation of the experience: that is pure art. (Rebecca Horn)

The definition of art has changed almost every day since the first artist created the first work at least fifty thousand years ago... (Thomas Hoving)

Art is not a thing; it is a way. (Elbert Hubbard)

Art may make a suit of clothes; but Nature must produce a man. (David Hume)

Art is love. (Holman Hunt)

Art is as creative as war is destructive. (Phil Hurtig)

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for awhile, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly. (Aldous Huxley)

Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil. (Aldous Huxley)

Art is the only clean thing on earth, except holiness. (Joris Karl Huysmans)

To Lawren Harris art was almost a mission. He believed that a country which ignored the arts left no record of itself worth preserving. (A. Y. Jackson)

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. (Henry James)

The safest way to avoid the world is through art; and the safest way to be linked to the world is through art. (Randall Jarrell)

The work of art is a stuffed crocodile. (Alfred Jarry)

Art is beyond nobody who cares. (Edward Alden Jewell)

Without emotion, art is lifeless; without intellect art is shapeless. (Charles Johnson)

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. (James Joyce)

All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness. (Carl Gustav Jung)

For me the artworld is like a huge river, which began somewhere in the past and keeps flowing towards the future. (Ilya Kabakov)

There is, in any art, a tendency to turn one's own preferences into a monomaniac theory. (Pauline Kael)

Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation, it favors no race, and it acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible. (Richard Kamler)

The arts are encroaching one upon another, and from a proper use of this encroachment will rise the art that is truly monumental. (Wassily Kandinsky)

Art is purposiveness without purpose. (Immanuel Kant)

Art is created to live and to be seen and felt. (James Kay)

Art provides us with clues about how to live our own lives more fully... art becomes our entree to the sublime. (Michael Kimmelman)

But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: 'It's clever, but is it art?' (Rudyard Kipling)

-said after a performance of The Monotone Symphony...
The Myth is in art. (Yves Klein)

Art is a line around your thoughts. (Gustav Klimt)

The difference between art and science is that science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else. (Donald Knuth)

Art has nothing whatever to do with what is private or public, political or poetic, beautiful or ugly, everyday or absurd, nude or symbolic, but is... of a domain in which beauty and death, history and nature, fantasy and reality, dream and memory are inseparable. (Jiri Kolari)

Art is a humanitarian act. Art should be able to effect mankind, to make the world a better place. (Jeff Koons)

Art makes life bearable. It isn't a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life. (Gillian Pederson Krag)

Science is spectrum analysis; art is photosynthesis. (Karl Kraus)

Art is the making of metaphors. (Irving Kriesberg)

I feel uncomfortable with the term public art, because I'm not sure what it means. If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it. I'm not crazy about categories. (Barbara Kruger)

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. (Milan Kundera)

Infinity is present in each part. A loving smile contains all art. The motes of starlight spark and dart. A grain of sand holds power and might. (Madeleine L'Engle)

Art is the consciousness of currency. (Andrew Lakey)

Art is the rendering of an idea... the giving of form, of shape, of body to the idea. The important part of the creation is to have the idea. While doing the art, you are in a sense a slave to the idea. The next creation starts when the actual work is completed... the next idea... the next drawing. (Norman Laliberte)

And art is a by-product of an act of total attention. (Dorothea Lange)

Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature. (Suzanne Langer)

Art is not special sauce applied to ordinary cooking; it is the cooking itself if it is good. (William Lethaby)

Those dabs of paint and lines become art when form and flow (the way in which your eye is drawn across the canvas) are created out of lower-level perceptual elements. When they combine harmoniously they give rise to perspective, foreground and background, and ultimately to emotion and other aesthetic attributes. (Daniel J. Levitin)

The true work of art continues to unfold and create within the personality of the spectator. It is a continuous coming into being. (Mervyn Levy)

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)

Art is perhaps the most inexplicable phenomenon of the human species. (Michael Leyton)

Art, in the broadest sense, can and usually does provide the means by which humankind can relate to the world and everything in it, both physical and spiritual. (John Lincoln)

Art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. (Jacques Lipchitz)

That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art. (John Locke)

Art is long, and the talk about it is even longer. (William J. Locke)

Art is the child of Nature. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Art is long, and Time is fleeting, / And out hearts, though stout and brave, / Still, like muffled drums, are beating / Funeral marches to the grave. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Art is a form of understanding like philosophy and science and mathematics are an understanding but the difference is that art has the capacity to hold all these different things. It is the form of understanding that is best suited for the contemporary time. (Robert Longo)

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress. (Hendrik Willem van Loon)

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)

Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. (John Lubbock)

Art has continuously broadened our horizons, increasing our awareness and our tolerance of the world as it is. (Ernst Lurker)

- b.1982 d.2006...
My inspiration is ART... because without art we would just be stuck with reality. (Daniel Robert Lynch)

- Guild Court: A London Story...
... nothing in which the art is uppermost is worth the art expended upon it. (George MacDonald)

Art is the Flower - Life is the Green Leaf. Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life itself. (Charles Rennie Mackintosh)

True art is thoughtful, emotional examination of how human themes impact the overall experience of existing. The rest is kitsch. (Tiffany Madison)

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. (Rene Magritte)

Art is manipulation, the management of material, the directing of fate... Who does that directing? (Eric Maisel)

Art is life... You sit alone... You stay aside... You still in your own world your loor inside your hand... (Ashgan Makarem)

All art is a revolt against man's fate. (Andre Malraux)

A work of art is a renewable source of energy. (Brice Marden)

Art is just a series of natural gestures. For God's sake, don't try to be artistic – all wild animals walk the same way. (John Marin)

Art is not great. Music is not great. It's just that they tickle us. When one steadfastly refuses greatness – then and then only can the wonderful thing we call art be created. (John Marin)

Art is about mystery. (Marisol)

-said at 10 years old while looking at his mom's painting...
Art is a question! If you look at it and you can answer all the questions, it is just a picture. (Ethan Marom)

Artwork operates on two different levels: On one level there's artwork as a mode of expressivity, and then there's the other side, where the image is a construction that is meant to engage in a discursive field in order to preform a particular function. (Kerry James Marshall)

A work of art works because it is true, not because it is real. (Yann Martel)

Beatrice and Virgil...
Art is the suitcase of history, carrying the essentials. Art is the life buoy of history. Art is seed, art is memory, art is vaccine. (Yann Martel)

Works of art are made of feeling, concept, and material. (Kenneth Martin)

No art comes from the conscious mind. (Steve Martin)

Art is like singing, some do it better than others, but everyone can and should be doing it for their soul. (Barbara Mason)

Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue. (Henri Matisse)

Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake. (W. Somerset Maugham)

Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life. (W. Somerset Maugham)

Art is like love... You either accept it, with all the beautiful colors and imperfections that you see, or you deny it for all its impurities. (Terri McGhee)

-from The Medium is the Message...
Art is anything you can get away with. (Marshall McLuhan)

A day without art is like a garden without flowers. (Lori McNee)

Art is one of the glorious things humans have created. On earth, we are alone in this. Art defines us. (Eugene Mendonsa)

Art is not a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that. (Andrew Mercer)

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

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life. (Henry Miller)

All art comes from a sense of danger, peace, and wonder - those things that make up life. (Jason H. Mills)

Art is living stopped for a moment of wonder. (Kenneth G. Mills)

- Epicurean Simplicity...
Be it sculpture, poetry, or narrative fraught with terrible insight... art does endure. It troubles and pleases, inspires, and reminds us that humanity is ever capable of adding to the sum of the world's grave beauty. (Stephanie Mills)

The visual arts must communicate to the human spirit, forcing individuals to reflect on themselves and their existence beyond their own self-interest. (Dean Mitchell)

All art is one and indivisible. (W. O. Mitchell)

Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody. (Piet Mondrian)

Art - bringing fruit from the flower - where once were only twisting vines. (Brad Michael Moore)

Art is not to do with the practical side of making a living. It's to live a fuller human life. (Henry Moore)

Art is 'food for the soul' - enlivening and whole-making - sometimes bland, sometimes very spicy and stimulating - maybe sometimes even 'junk food,' but a basic human necessity. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

I do not want Art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. (William Morris)

In art... people are trying to confirm their own existences. (Jim Morrison)

Art is an experience, not an object. (Robert Motherwell)

Art is a language. It's not a skill. It's not a stunt. It's not something that you just learn to do and put it down. It comes from the heart. (Wynona Mulcaster)

Because of their origin and purpose, the meanings of art are of a different order from the operational meanings of science and technics: they relate, not to external means and consequences, but to internal transformations, and unless it produce these internal transformations the work of art is either perfunctory or dead. (Lewis Mumford)

A work of art can only come from the interior of man. Art is the form of the image formed upon the nerves, heart, brain and eye of man. (Edvard Munch)

Art brings imagination to life. (Robert Lee Munoz)

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods. (Iris Murdoch)

Art is an epiphany in a coffee cup. (Elizabeth Murray)

Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas. (Elizabeth Murray)

Art is the sex of the imagination. (George Jean Nathan)

Art is a car, kitsch is a horse. (Odd Nerdrum)

Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind. (Louise Nevelson)

Art is the representation of that which the mind can imagine - but only the heart knows to be true. (Richard Alan Nichols)

Art: a consciousness-provoking vessel. (Elle Nicolai)

Art is Alchemy. (Elle Nicolai)

Art should be concerned more with life than with art. (Kimon Nicolaides)

We have art so that we may not perish by the truth. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

There's only one type of 'serious art' and it deals with clinical documentation. Anything else is artistic license and illustrative interpretation that incorporate the well-balanced geometries of dark and light and fields of color. (Alex Nodopaka)

What is art? It is not just nature, it is nurtured nature. It is intelligence applied to what physical ability you have. (Rudolf Nureyev)

What is art anyway? (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Wise men say it isn't art! But what of it, if it is children and love in paint? (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Art is the journey of a free soul. (Alev Oguz)

Art can not be an imitation of life; it has to be more profound. (Valentin Okorokov)

I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all. I am for an artist who vanishes. (Claes Oldenburg)

Art is ultimately schizophrenic. (oliver)

Art is not so much talent as character... it's what you are, the qualities of the person. (John Olsen)

Art is an effort to make you walk a half an inch above ground. (Yoko Ono)

Art is knowledge at the service of emotion. (Jose Clemente Orozco)

All art is propaganda; on the other hand, not all propaganda is art. (George Orwell)

Nature is God's. Art is man's instrument. (Thomas Overbury)

Art is always, even at its most repulsive, an impassioned cry of love. (Laurence Overmire)

-in first century BC...
Nothing is more useful to man that those arts which have no utility. (Ovid)

Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary. (Amedee Ozenfant)

Art is the expression of the immortal part of man. (Ignace Paderewski)

Like Science and Religion, Art springs from human needs that have nothing to do with money. That Art, unlike Science and Religion, can be bought and sold in this culture is a fluke. (Jim Pallas)

A picture has been said to be something between a thing and a thought. (Samuel Palmer)

Art is a form of catharsis. (Dorothy Parker)

Art is unthinkable without risk and spiritual self-sacrifice. (Boris Pasternak)

Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass. (Walter Pater)

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

Every work of art has a structure, or at least, a shape, and that shape permits it to be labeled a species. And it is well to categorize it as such, for it is indeed a thing alive, a living thing presuming to vanquish inexorable time. (Aldo Pelligrini)

Art doesn't have to match the couch. (Penny Pennington)

What is art but the denial of life? (Fernando Pessoa)

Art consists in making others feel what we feel. (Fernando Pessoa)

Art is maybe a subversive activity. There is a certain rebellion when you are an artist at heart, even if only in the art of living. (Philippe Petit)

The syllogism art for art's sake refers to that kind of painting which disregards, or is contrary to, public taste. (Walter J. Phillips)

Art must be unaesthetic in the extreme, useless and impossible to justify. (Francis Picabia)

This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax. (Pablo Picasso)

Enough of Art. It's Art that kills us. People no longer want to do painting: they make art. (Pablo Picasso)

People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is. (Pablo Picasso)

Art is a finger up the bourgeoisie ass. (Pablo Picasso)

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. (Pablo Picasso)

I think art is not an ornament or refinement at the fringes of human intelligence, I think it's at the center. It's at the core. (Robert Pinsky)

Art is one's individual pursuit to touch the universal. (Tom Pirozzoli)

Art is a celebration of life, intended by the artist to put the spectator in touch with the divine. (Joseph Plaskett)

Art has no end but its own perfection. (Plato)

Art should make people's lives better, especially the artist's. (Todd Plough)

The material thing which is before you, that is it. (Huang Po)

Any art which can be subjected to an analytical process is, by this very fact, removed from the possibility of being art. (Douglas Portway)

Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue... Good art cannot be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise. (Ezra Pound)

But the one thing you should not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts only. (Ezra Pound)

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees. (Marcel Proust)

We have no art, we do everything as well as we can. (Balinese proverb)

Art as an escape from the world, that's wrong. But escape is what most people want. Art should be a confrontation with a 'me' that is always in need of improving. (Noah Purifoy)

Art is not a transcript nor a copy. Art is the expression of those beauties and emotions that stir the human soul. (Howard Pyle)

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. (Ayn Rand)

- from unpublished diary, Dec. 3, 1904, age 20, quoted in Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank by E. James Lieberman...
Art is life's dream interpretation. (Otto Rank)

Art is an indecent exposure of the consciousness. (Herbert Read)

Art in its widest sense is the extension of the personality: a host of artificial limbs. (Herbert Read)

- Christie Johnstone, 1853...
Art is not imitation, but illusion. (Charles Reade)

The one thing to say about art is that it is one thing. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Art as art is nothing but art. Art is not what is not art. (Ad Reinhardt)

Art is too serious to be taken seriously. (Ad Reinhardt)

Art: to nudge truth along a little. (Jules Renard)

Art is... the reasoned derangement of the senses. (Kenneth Rexroth)

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life. (M. C. Richards)

Art is the highest form of hope. (Gerhard Richter)

Art is not the bread, but the wine of life. (Jean Paul Richter)

Abstract art follows the normal niceties of color harmony, elemental balance, focal point, etc. (CJ Rider)

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth. (Laura Riding)

Art, too, is just a way of living. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Art? You just do it. (Martin Ritt)

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't. (Theodore Roethke)

Art, being quite useless, except to the soul, is the highest of all human endeavors. (Bruce M. Rogers)

You don't have to understand art, but you have to feel it. (Ugo Rondinone)

Art is always bigger than what we can think about or talk about! Every good art has the power to stop me, to suspend me. I am not anymore the way I was before. A magic moment has happened and it transformed me%u2026 (Ugo Rondinone)

If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that's all. (James Rosenquist)

I still don't know what art is. People think it's decoration. I don't think so. It could be decorative, but it's not decoration. (James Rosenquist)

Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse. (Joseph Roux)

- Eleanor & Park...
She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn't supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something. (Rainbow Rowell)

Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts. (Gabriella Roy)

- Art as Flirtation and Surrender...
In your light I learn how to love. / In your beauty, how to make poems. / You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, / But sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. (Rumi)

Good art should elicit a response of 'Huh? Wow!' as opposed to 'Wow! Huh?' (Edward Ruscha)

Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith. (Salman Rushdie)

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

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

Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art. Only on the margins does growth occur. (Joanna Russ)

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. (Augustus Saint-Gaudens)

Art and the approach to life through art, using it as a vehicle for education and even for doing science is so vital that it is part of a great new revolution that is taking place. (Jonas Salk)

All art is political. (Jayce Salloum)

Art is good, bad, boring, ugly, useful to us or not. It does or doesn't disturb optical monotony, and succeeds or fails in surmounting sterility of style or visual stereotype; it creates new beauty or it doesn't. (Jerry Saltz)

Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for. (George Sand)

Art touches the brain's most civilized center - and pokes its most primitive core. (Bill Sander)

Art is that for which language is inadequate. (Bill Sander)

Art is what is unnecessary, but necessary only to that artist. (Randy Sanders)

Art is delayed echo. (George Santayana)

Art supplies constantly to contemplation what nature seldom affords in concrete experience – the union of life and peace. (George Santayana)

Art gives joy to the artist; that it pleases others is pure gravy. (Larry E. Santucci)

Art is mortals decorating the decoration of the immortal. (Ralph Santullo)

If art is not to be life-enhancing, what is it to be? (May Sarton)

Art cannot be modern, art is timeless. (Egon Schiele)

Art is the right hand of nature. The latter only gave us being, but the former made us men. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views. (Mary Schmich)

The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs. (Robert Schumann)

The picture is a self-sufficient work of art. It is not connected to anything outside. (Kurt Schwitters)

It was an art form. There was some debate about that at the time, so we stood up for cinema as an equal to literature or music or dance. And we came to understand that the art could be found in many different places and in just as many forms. (Martin Scorsese)

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden. (Sir Walter Scott)

Art once made a cult of beauty. Now we have a cult of ugliness instead. This has made art into an elaborate joke, one which by now has ceased to be funny. (Roger Scruton)

Art is transformative. It's not 2 2=4. It works like the sea. It changes geography through its constant and relentless movement, just the way plants and water shape the world. (Sean Scully)

A society without art is already in the history books. (Ian Semple)

Science is the art of seeking to understand nature; art is the science of manipulating the creative mind. (Ian Semple)

Art recognizes the visible world as it is, but reorganizes it to make the world more beautiful and a better place for the human mind. (Abani Sen)

Art should be transgressive. Life is not all sweet. (Nicholas Serota)

Art is the story of the subconscious as told by the hands. (Eric Serritella)

Art is a means of communication between souls. (Paul Serusier)

Art is a wonderfully large world that has many aspects to it, no single tenet of which applies to every artist in every context. (Robert Sesco)

Art is nothing but humanized science. (Gino Severini)

Art must not stop at the level of pleasing eyes. (Li Shan)

You will think less of the art, when you know the artist. (George Bernard Shaw)

Dug from the tomb of taste-refining time, / Each form is exquisite, each block sublime. / Or good, or bad, disfigur'd, or deprav'd, / All art, is at its resurrection sav'd; / All crown'd with glory in the critic's heav'n, / Each merit magnified, each fault forgiven. (Martin Archer Shee)

Art is many things but, directly or indirectly, it always describes the human condition. (Millard Sheets)

Art has a way of exercising every part of what it is to be a human being, a feeling human being, from the intellectual to the emotional to the political. (Roger Shimomura)

Art is the role of a bearer of spirits. (Herbert Siebner)

Art is a way of showing greater fairness to things than is customary. (Eli Siegel)

Art can make the old surprising, and the new and sudden soothing. (Eli Siegel)

Art is a creation of a higher order than a copy of nature which is governed by chance... (Paul Signac)

Art is the signature of civilizations. (Beverly Sills)

...art has its own rules. And one of them is that you must pay more attention to it than anything else in the world, if you are going to be true to yourself. And if you don't do it - and you are an artist - it punishes you. (Nina Simone)

Art is the result of a creative impulse derived out of a consciousness of life. (John Sloan)

Art is the response of the living to life. It is therefore the record left behind by civilization. (John Sloan)

Art... is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. (Anna Deavere Smith)

I think that art is supposed to be ahead of the times. (Anna Deavere Smith)

Art can't be made by a poormouth. (David Smith)

Art is a paradox that has no laws to bind it... When art exists it becomes tradition. When it is created, it represents a unity that did no exist before. (David Smith)

Current major forces, both in education and in our society, tend to ignore the value and contribution of art. We must, more than ever, support and encourage the arts in everyday life. (Gordon Smith)

Art thaws even the frozen, darkened soul, opening it to lofty spiritual experience. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

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

Art is seduction, not rape. (Susan Sontag)

Camp is art that proposes itself seriously, but cannot be taken altogether seriously because it is 'too much.' (Susan Sontag)

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization. (Lincoln Steffens)

Art isn't everything. It's just about everything. (Gertrude Stein)

Art is nature seen in the light of its formal significance. (Leo Stein)

All art is infested by other art. (Leo Steinberg)

Most art in the world does not have a capital 'A,' but is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions. (Gloria Steinem)

The art is eternal; their shapes are changing. (Rudolf Steiner)

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art. (Alfred Stieglitz)

Art is a business, like any other. (Catherine Stock)

Art is like frozen music. (6th grade art student)

What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Art should startle the viewer into thinking about the meaning of life. (Antoni Tapies)

Art has no language. (Benedikt Taschen)

Art cannot be above the battle. (Howard Taubman)

I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't. (Twyla Tharp)

All great art... creates in the beholder not self-satisfaction but wonder and awe. Its great liberation is to lift us out of ourselves. (Dorothy Thompson)

Art is not tame, and Nature is not wild, in the ordinary sense. A perfect work of man's art would also be wild or natural in a good sense. (Henry David Thoreau)

The highest condition of art is artlessness. (Henry David Thoreau)

Art is the distortion of an unendurable reality... Art is correction, modification of a situation; art is communication, connection... Art is social, self-sufficient, and total. (Jean Tinguely)

True art is not an expression of the self. Art is about the feelings that belong to all living people. (Aleksander Titovets)

Art is the lens through which I experience the world. Art is the medium to present the human condition... love, fear, bewilderment, pleasure, distaste, brotherhood and all the subtleties that we all know... (Alton S. Tobey)

Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter. (Leo Tolstoy)

Art is my world the way I want to see it. It's a refuge, a joy, and makes living in this difficult world much nicer. (Janet Toney)

Made up of corallitic accretions and painful increments, lit on rare occasions by bolts of revelation, and then stuffed behind the wainscotting to grope in the mouse-turd dust, art is the equivalent of athlete's foot, at best an exquisite itch, at worst an excuse to stop walking. On the emotional side, it is either masturbation with a hockey glove or a night beneath the sliding moon that shames Eros. (Harold Town)

A work of art is said to be perfect in proportion as it does not remind the spectator of the process by which it was created. (Henry Theodore Tuckerman)

Art is the soul and spirit of each generation to be passed along to the next and beyond. (Stewart Turcotte)

For me, art isn't something you carry up to an East Side Manhattan apartment in an elevator. (James Turrel)

An artwork should point in more than one direction, not be this sort of placating, self-demonstrating, witnessing element. (Luc Tuymans)

It is a gratification to me to know that I am ignorant of art... Because people who understand art find nothing in pictures but blemishes... (Mark Twain)

Art happens all the time, everywhere. All we have to do is to keep our minds open. (Jacek Tylicki)

Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. (John Updike)

Art offers messages that can capture our emotions, revealing a pure moment of humanity that we share with the artist, transcending time and place. It can open the imagination. (Costa Vavagiakas)

Art is the only means by which one soul can truly touch another. (Curtis Verdun)

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Art is not a mask, not a wannabe, not only bits and pieces but the real thing: honest, true and pure. (Petra Voegtle)

The secret of the arts is to correct nature. (Voltaire)

To me, art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul. (Susan Vreeland)

Who speaks of art speaks of poetry. There is not art without a poetic aim. (Edouard Vuillard)

Art is a matter of taste. Art can be light, bitter, sweet and heavy, likeable and unlikable. However, it is very important if art is interesting or not, if it was calculated well in advance or it is a product of pure sensation. In the end, it is also significant whether art is what we call it. (Milos Vujasinovic)

I expect art to make me scream, art to reveal soul. (Kay WalkingStick)

Art comes from the heart. The biggest part of heART is ART. (Gary Walters)

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. (Andy Warhol)

Pop art is a way of liking things. (Andy Warhol)

-originated from contemporary Marshall McLuhan...
Art is anything you can get away with. (Andy Warhol)

Art portrays the war between what makes us human and what makes us divine. (Jeffrey J. Watkins)

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct, and to refrain from destruction. (Evelyn Waugh)

Art is a product of nature in general, in the particular form of human nature. (Anton Webern)

A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it. (Simone Weil)

Art needs to stand for something. (Ai Weiwei)

Art has a way of taking care of itself. Creativity that is limited and commodified in the classroom is sprayed out for free on the subway wall. An educational institution that attempts to tame the wilds of creation or eliminate the poetic sensibility of its people does not survive for very long. (Jerry Wennstrom)

Painting and art have never had the same agenda. Art is a much newer argument than painting. Painting has been around for 25,000 years. Painting is commemorative. Art, on the other hand, is a kind of discourse that in a funny way seeks to do away with itself. (Stephen Westfall)

Art happens – no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about. (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

Art is a goddess of dainty thought, reticent of habit, abjuring all obtrusiveness, purposing in no way to better others. She is, withal selfishly occupied with her own perfection only - having no desire to teach. (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

Art must be an integral part of the struggle. It can't simply mirror what's taking place. It must adapt itself to human needs. It must ally itself with the forces of liberation. (Charles White)

Art is a Verb, not a Noun. (Sylvia White)

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self. (Alfred North Whitehead)

Art is the thrilling spark that beats death – that's all. (Brett Whiteley)

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. (Walt Whitman)

Art is rational. (Edgar A. Whitney)

Art is the act of triggering deep memories, of what it means to be fully human. (David Whyte)

All art is quite useless. (Oscar Wilde)

Art never expresses anything but itself. (Oscar Wilde)

One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. (Oscar Wilde)

The beauty of art is that it allows you to slow down, and for a moment, things that once seemed unfamiliar become precious to you. (Kehinde Wiley)

Art! What a concept! It saved my life! A place where you can do as you please! (William Wiley)

All good art is an indiscretion. (Tennessee Williams)

The arts really matter in education. Sometimes the arts are the only way a student is unlocked. Sometimes it's the only way a student can communicate. (Henry Winkler)

Maybe we can't define art, but we can specify what it means to adopt an aesthetic attitude. (Ellen Winner)

A picture is a fact. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Laying out grounds may be considered a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting. (William Wordsworth)

Art thrives on society and society thrives on its art. (Stuart Pearson Wright)

Art is not a luxury; it is the soul's breath of life. (Joyce Wycoff)

Art to me, is seeing. I think you have got to use your eyes, as well as your emotion, and one without the other just doesn't work. That's my art. (Andrew Wyeth)

Engagement with art – with the product of someone else's imagination – can change your life, often for the better, and sometimes profoundly. (Max Wyman)

Art is the essence of man, allowing him to record our greatest and darkest moments, reflecting our struggles in life. Yet it also releases man from these physical constraints, to transcend and explore the spiritual beauty of our universe. (Nigel Wyman)

What is art in the final analysis? Art is the shining forth of one's interiority. (Mu Xin)

-interview with Eamonn Andrews...
I dislike the word art as to painting. There is only one art and that is the art of living. Painting is an occupation that's in that art, and that occupation is the freest of all the occupations of living. (Jack B. Yeats)

Art must come from the heART. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

Art is both creation and recreation. (Lin Yutang)

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. (Frank Zappa)

Art commits suicide on the wheel of creation. From one moment to the next it follows a belief that it is accomplishing something. (Jan Zawadzki)

Art is, of course, inextricably linked to money. And art, or at least good art, is difficult to produce. Art is really the realization of a brain concept. But... artists more often than not find it difficult to translate the rich concepts in their brains, derived from many experiences, into a single work of art or even a series of works. This leads to dis-satisfaction and... even to suicide. One solution to this depressing state is not to produce a work of art at all, but only to think about it. (Semir Zeki)

People who love art really do need it in the same way they need oxygen. (Martin Zimet)

A work of art is a corner of nature seen through a temperament. (Emile Zola)