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There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. (Ansel Adams)

I'm playin' music for a certain type of person. Fortunately, there are more and more of us. At least there are more comin' to see me than there were 30 years ago or so. (Mose Allison)

It's just trying everyday to do the best you can and to enjoy what you have with the mixture of the venue and the sound and the crowd. (Keren Ann)

The music ain't worth nothing if you can't lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, 'cause what you're there for is to please the people. (Louis Armstrong)

Actually, I love trying to figure out why certain books become hits while others, which may be just as good, have trouble finding an audience. (Jay Asher)

If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don't raise your hands because I am also nearsighted. (W. H. Auden)

I never work with an audience - I can't do this. The process depends on the highest degree of nervous concentration. (Frank Auerbach)

Who is the public now that it has changed color? (Judith Baca)

The majority of artists do not paint for their audience. They paint what inspires them at the moment, with the hope that someone will enjoy viewing the art as much as they enjoyed creating it. (Kenn Backhaus)

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one. (Joan Baez)

One of my chief regrets during my years in the theatre was that I couldn't sit in the audience and watch me. (John Barrymore)

It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying. (Ingrid Bergman)

In the theatre the audience wants to be surprised – but by things that they expect. (Tristan Bernard)

applause, n. The echo of a platitude. (Ambrose Bierce)

My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure. (Ashleigh Brilliant)

Sometimes I feel like I'm a preacher as well, 'cause I can really get into an audience. (James Brown)

When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age. (George Burns)

My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience. (Cab Calloway)

If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? (George Carlin)

I try to do something the audience might not have seen before. (Jim Carrey)

Spirit flows from the painter outward to the painter's audience of viewers. In today's often insane world, art can be a positive force that offers balance to both the artist and audience. (Lisa Chakrabarti)

-to his guest, Albert Einstein...
The people are applauding you because none of them understands you and applauding me because everybody understands me. (Charlie Chaplin)

-on Renoir...
It is true that the tourists collect the earth from his Cagnes garden and that the Americans would pay a lot for his paint rags. (Jean Cocteau)

The artist... tells his audience, at the risk of their displeasure, the secrets of their own hearts. (R. G. Collingwood)

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. (James Crook)

Don't cater to the audience. Inspire the audience. (Ken Danby)

The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen. (Claude Debussy)

The general audience is interested purely for the emotional response. They may not know why they respond, but they can put themselves into the place and imagery. (Donald Demers)

How dreary to be somebody! / How public, like a frog / To tell your name the livelong day / To an admiring bog. (Emily Dickinson)

- b.412 BC d.323 BC...
Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance and you've got an audience. (Diogenes of Sinope)

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are under no obligation to laugh. However, if you don't, we have a brand new audience warming up in the basement. (Jimmy Durante)

During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore. (Eight-year-old)

I think audiences are quite comfortable watching something coming into being. (Brian Eno)

When a performer goes out on a stage, they may feel the audience is judging every aspect of them and their life. In fact, all that poor audience is doing is waiting to be entertained a little. (Suzanne Falter-Barns)

It's good that people see it. It's even better when they love it. And it's wonderful if they buy it. (Bela Fidel)

If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull. (W. C. Fields)

What we are looking for is Who is looking. (St. Francis of Assisi)

Hell is a half-filled auditorium. (Robert Frost)

Neuroscientists are finding that what passes as a typical presentation is usually the worst way to engage your audience. (Carmine Gallo)

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. (Henry Geldzahler)

Once as I sat painting, I became aware of a man's face hovering near me, moving closer and closer to the panel I was working on. When he spoke he said, 'That is a fantastic brush!' (Robert Genn)

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. Passersby see only a whisp of smoke rising from the chimney and continue on their way. (Vincent van Gogh)

The best way to make your audience laugh is to start laughing yourself. (Oliver Goldsmith)

They stayed away in droves. (Samuel Goldwyn)

If what you have to say is from your deepest feelings, you'll find an audience that responds. (Irwin Greenberg)

When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside, and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience. (Franz Grillparzer)

The larger and more indiscriminate the audience, the greater the need to safeguard and purify standards of quality and taste. (Moses Hadas)

For a competent audience, uncommon men must have other uncommon men. (Henry S. Haskins)

You're assisting the audience to understand; you're giving them a bridge or an access. And if you don't give them that, if you keep it more abstract, it's almost more pure. It's a cooler thing. (Jim Henson)

If you give audiences half a chance, they'll do half your acting for you. (Katharine Hepburn)

I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself. (Charlton Heston)

An audience sabotages my freedom, devastates my innocence, corrupts my integrity, inhibits my great joy – and of course gives me further to fall. (Selima Hill)

-on audiences...
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. (Alfred Hitchcock)

Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience... (Eric Hoffer)

I think people relate to the story for personal reasons. Some are interested in the mystery, some are interested in the spirituality and some are interested in the locations. I honestly think that a lot of people get a lot of different things out of it. (Ron Howard)

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience. (Charles Ives)

Audiences. That's when the rot really sets in. (Charlotte Jones)

There's something imminent in the work, but the circle is only completed by the viewer. (Anish Kapoor)

The conductor has the advantage of not seeing the audience. (Andre Kostelanetz)

Potential audiences are real people found in real places. (Suzanne Lacy)

Many great writers address audiences who do not exist; to address passionately and sometimes with very great wisdom people who do not exist has this advantage - that there will always be a group of people who, seeing a man shouting apparently at somebody or other, and seeing nobody else in sight, will think it is they who are being addressed. (Wyndham Lewis)

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine to be no longer a part of my mind, but totally public. (Maya Lin)

A lot of us grew up in public. That often means that you have to fail in public too. (Robert Longo)

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office. (George Lucas)

An alive piece of art may be more alive than much of its audience, and with this odd truth artists must make peace. (Eric Maisel)

The audience is not the least important actor in the play and if will not do its allotted share the play falls to pieces. (W. Somerset Maugham)

When onstage, I always try to take my audience through as many emotions as I possibly can. I want them to go from laughter to tears, be shocked and surprised and walk out the door with a renewed sense of themselves - and maybe a smile. (Reba McEntire)

To those who believe that art consists of displaying 'what's inside them' without regard to the comprehension of an audience, or say that the audience must learn to appreciate and understand what they've done, I say, 'Nan troc ongh plooth.' (Bruce M. Miller)

When I'm shooting a movie, I'm always in an invisible theater seat. I respect the fact that people have worked hard all week and want to go to the movies on the weekend and be entertained. (Michael Moore)

Paint pictures that will take with the public, in other words, never paint for the few, but for the many... Some artists remain in the corner by not observing the above. (William Sidney Mount)

I have had an inordinate and painful concern for the audience in my writing career. (Marsha Norman)

I believe I would rather have Stieglitz like something... anything I had done... than anyone else I know of... (Georgia O'Keeffe)

I was playing catch with the European audience. (Charles Olson)

You make an open-ended proposition and the audience completes it somehow. That's what you hope an artwork to be – a constantly living thing. (Cornelia Parker)

If I spit, they will take my spit and frame it as great art. (Pablo Picasso)

On applause: They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis, a sheep. (Plutarch)

I have found that being too original loses the audience... people want to relate to a work. (Sally Pollard)

- The War of Art...
The hack condescends to his audience. He thinks he's superior to them. The truth is, he's scared to death of them... scared of being authentic in front of them... He's afraid it won't sell. (Steven Pressfield)

My routines come out of total unhappiness. My audiences are my group therapy. (Joan Rivers)

I cannot convince myself that a painting is good unless it is popular. If the public dislikes one of my Post covers, I can't help disliking it myself. (Norman Rockwell)

We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. (Will Rogers)

Being a celebrity made me so uncomfortable that I would have preferred standing behind the amplifiers. (Linda Ronstadt)

When we tune in to an especially human way of viewing the landscape powerfully, it resonates with an audience. (Galen Rowell)

I feel that special secret current between the public and me. I can hold them with one little note in the air, and they will not breathe. That is a great, great moment. (Arthur Rubinstein)

What makes people the world over stand in line for Van Gogh is not that they will see beautiful pictures [but] that in an indefinable way they will come away feeling better human beings. And that is exactly what Van Gogh hoped for. (John Russell)

-New York Magazine, June 11, 2012...
I am all for art's finding a large audience. But the way that's happening now, with big works filling big galleries and bigger shows, is mostly stopping statements from being made. Or heard. Or talked about. Or really examined. It's watering things down. (Jerry Saltz)

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening. (Dorothy Sarnoff)

I am particular about the seating of the audience - also about how much money they pay - but most of all where they are seated. If I am going to sing something intimate, who am I going to sing it to? (Nina Simone)

The true artist views nature from his own time. The hostile audience views nature in the rosy past. (David Smith)

An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work. (Gertrude Stein)

There are some who don't get it and there are some who understand perfectly, but that's typical of various audience reaction. It may be that the artist has not found the right audience and must continue to persevere to secure the right one. (Lisa Stewart)

That a viewer does not see what the artist intended does not make the composition a failure... In reality all artists speak first to themselves and then to an audience. (Mike Svob)

It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think that you can ever outwit your audience. (Twyla Tharp)

-in a letter to George W. Cable, Jan. 15, 1883...
When an audience does not complain, it is a compliment, and when it does, it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence. (Mark Twain)

I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, wail, howl in pain, desperation and anger! (Author unknown)

-on Cezanne...
He did not like people to watch him when he was painting... as soon as he noticed her... he packed up his things in a rage and away he went. (Ambroise Vollard)

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act. (Orson Welles)

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication. (Rebecca West)

Your whole duty as a writer is to please and satisfy yourself, and the true writer always plays to an audience of one. (E. B. White)

To have great poets, there must be great audiences. (Walt Whitman)

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius. (Billy Wilder)


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