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-violinist with Iraqi National Symphony...
Now we're getting recognition and attention. Before, we were playing in the dark. (Nobar Adnan)

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. (Fred Allen)

Want applause, seek the stage. Art is the silent pursuit of the inner self, communicated to others via public view. Collection of the artist is the saddest refrain. (Dave Ames)

All artists are vain, they long to be recognized and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free. (Francis Bacon)

There is no regional art. The only region left is the art magazine. (Darby Bannard)

There's a big difference between grabbing attention and rewarding attention. (Darby Bannard)

I was 82 years old before Who's Who thought I was enough of a big shot to do a piece on me. (Joseph Barbera)

-to Spiegel regarding Berlin's National Gallery...
Spending money on art has always been frowned upon in this country... The people in charge are always peddling reasons that others seem to accept. Those who don't drink and aren't crazy, or who don't attract attention with how they behave in public, aren't noticed in art. (Georg Baselitz)

I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

I'm just so thrilled that all these contemporary artists want to sing with me. They're all making me feel so good. (Tony Bennett)

True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed. (Jose Bergamin)

admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. (Ambrose Bierce)

-The Kicker, 1870
I hate to be a kicker, I always long for peace, / But the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease. (Josh Billings)

I realized I was never going to be a nationally recognized painter but that I could set the goal of being a successful regional painter. (Linda Blondheim)

Do you need success to exist as an artist? Yes. Does success inevitably include recognition? Yes. Self-recognition comes first. Connecting with someone else is also necessary. (Kelly Borsheim)

Everywhere in the modern world there is neglect, the need to be recognized, which is not satisfied. Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern. (Louise Bourgeois)

The artist's talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair. (Robert Brault)

To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize. (Andre Breton)

Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being. (Rita Mae Brown)

If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters. (Abigail van Buren)

If you don't get noticed, you don't have anything. You just have to be noticed, but the art is in getting noticed naturally, without screaming or without tricks. (Leo Burnett)

I don't care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it. (William S. Burroughs)

I awoke one morning and found myself famous. (Lord Byron)

One should use praise to recognize what one is not. (Elias Canetti)

It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale. (Thomas Carlyle)

One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. (Dale Carnegie)

I have been sent more ridiculous press notices. People are frequently comparing my work with Van Gogh... I do hope I do not get bloated and self-satisfied. When proud feelings come I step up over them to the realm of work, to the thing I want, the liveness of the thing itself. (Emily Carr)

Ever since I started to get recognition I've picked out certain fans and reverse-stalked them. (Jim Carrey)

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the world. (George Washington Carver)

I am known in parts of the world by people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. (Charlie Chaplin)

My version of Georgia became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching. (Ray Charles)

If you're out, you're out – you simply don't count... Anything that happens must happen within this system... I work for a few months, then I go to a gallery and show the dealer my work. The work is accepted, the dealer makes a selection, then an installation. People come and say you're good or not so good, then they pay for these paintings and hang them on other walls. They give cocktail parties and we all go to restaurants and meet girls. This is the weirdest scene in the world. (Sandro Chia)

Newton expected no money from establishing his originality but rather desired recognition for his excellence. (Tyler Cowen)

O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms? (William Cowper)

Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

I had grown tired of standing in the lean and lonely front line facing the greatest enemy that ever confronted man – public opinion. (Clarence Darrow)

-in later years...
Any reference to him in newspapers or magazines, however well meaning and favourable, threw Degas into a rage and he shut his door for good to the author. 'What a fate!' he complained, 'To be handed over to writers!' (Edgar Degas)

Recognition is the greatest motivator. (Gerard C. Eakedale)

There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone. (Jules Ellinger)

I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. (Ralph Ellison)

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I suppose I am reluctant about being any sort of 'star' and I didn't particularly want to be portrayed as one. (Brian Eno)

Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference. (Libbie Fudim)

It's not curators, it's not critics, it's not the public, it's not collectors who find great artists - it's other artists. (David Galenson)

Sooner or later people will learn to recognize your worth – if you have any. Above all, don't sweat over a painting; a great sentiment can be rendered immediately. Dream on it and look for the simplest form in which you can express it. (Paul Gauguin)

Many excellent artists working today unfortunately lack the indispensable gifts necessary for demagoguery and self-promotion, while the bad ones are full of passionate intensity. (Roman Genn)

I always wanted to be somebody. If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me. (Althea Gibson)

The deed is everything, the glory is naught. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Threats to our standing in the eyes of others are remarkably potent biologically, almost as powerful as those to our very survival. (Daniel Goleman)

-The Fault in Our Stars...
I fear oblivion. I fear it like the proverbial blind man who's afraid of the dark. (John Green)

Not all, but too many of the best writers, composers, and artists of our time begin to be acclaimed only when they no longer have anything to say and take to performing instead of stating. (Clement Greenberg)

One is also reminded of how, in art, the tortoise so often overtakes the hare... (Clement Greenberg)

I prefer to be noticed some day, first for my ideas and second for my good eye... (Ernst Haas)

Every human being is trying to say something to others. Trying to cry out I am alive, notice me! Speak to me! Confirm that I am important, that I matter!! (Marion D. Hanks)

Ultimately we all face, or create, the mythic structure within which we work. To leave that structure in order to 'gain' recognition is to lose our own sense of what is real and to come to live in a world which is unrecognizable to ourselves. (Cherie Hanson)

If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work. (Ernest Hemingway)

When I was first published it was like having people rushing in coming to find out where I was hiding. Scary! (Selima Hill)

I never know what to tell young people when they come here. It could never happen for anyone they way it happened for me. It was all an accident. (Al Hirschfeld)

A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. (Edgar Watson Howe)

I have been both praised and criticized. The criticism stung, but the praise sometimes bothered me even more. To have received such praise and honors has always been puzzling to me. (Billy Joel)

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. (Samuel Johnson)

-in a letter to Lord Chesterfield, 1755...
Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, has been delayed till I am indifferent... and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. (Samuel Johnson)

Let us not forget that group of self-taught, outsider artists who never stepped foot in any classroom and cared less about even exhibiting, and yet ended up with an audience of avid admirers. (Scott Kahn)

Here lies one whose name was writ in water. (John Keats)

Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist which alone is significant – they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want. (Gustav Klimt)

I'm making some of the greatest art being made now. It'll take the art world ten years to get around to it. (Jeff Koons)

The press needs stories constantly. No need to bleed, just feed. Branding will keep you standing... Get press not stress. (Mark Kostabi)

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

Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag. Especially if you choose to surround yourself with friends and not acolytes. (Barbara Kruger)

My reputation has grown slowly. (Stanley Kubrick)

At first you can stand the spotlight in your eyes. Then it blinds you. Others can see you, but you cannot see them. (Charles A. Lindbergh)

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. (Mignon McLaughlin)

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. (Marshall McLuhan)

The more an artist seeks to achieve public recognition based solely on commercial gain, the greater the potential for disappointment. (Dianne Middleton)

It's better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all. (Marilyn Monroe)

One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name. (Thomas Osbert Mordaunt)

Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence... (Jim Morrison)

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

It is a shame to copycat oneself because of recognition by creating your own fad. (Alex Nodopaka)

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. (Barack Obama)

First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them to go get on with it. (David Ogilvy)

And even in the hatred of the majority, there's a kind of triumph because I know that, although they'd never admit it, they secretly respect me. (John James Osborne)

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit. (William Penn)

I think the more important task for a young person than developing a personal brand is figuring out what she's great at, what she loves to do, and how she can use that to leave an imprint in the world. (Daniel H. Pink)

Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it's for failure. (Steven Pressfield)

A prophet is not recognized in his own land. (English proverb)

You can't cash compliments at the bank. (Bob Ragland)

When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. (Ramakrishna)

-quoted in Edith Iglauer, "The Myth Maker," Saturday Night, February 1982...
I've never felt that I was doing something for my people, except what I could to bring the accomplishments of the old ones to the attention of the world. I think the Northwest Coast style of art is an absolutely unique product, one of the crowning achievements of the whole human experience. I just don't want the whole thing swept under the carpet without someone paying attention to it. (Bill Reid)

Recognition is most easily indicated by finding a market... Artists who want recognition, shows and respect for their talent must work hard for it. (Alice Rich)

While it may be true that the best advertising is word-of-mouth, never lose sight of the fact it also can be the worst advertising. (Jef I. Richards)

No dealer, curator, buyer or critic, or any existing combination of these, can be depended on to produce a reputation that is more than a momentary flurry. (Harold Rosenberg)

Be able to recognize when you're reading or hearing material biased to your own side. (Marilyn vos Savant)

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

-Vanity Fair, August 2012...
A woman came up to me the other day and said, 'You're the kiddie-book man!' I wanted to kill her. (Maurice Sendak)

I have to accept my role. I will never kill myself like Vincent Van Gogh. Nor will I paint beautiful water lilies like Monet. I can't do that. I'm in the idiot role of being a kiddie book person. (Maurice Sendak)

As you become known, the demands on you are such that you get less and less time to do the things you want to do. But if there are no demands, then that means nobody wants to read what you're doing anyway, so you're stuck. (Iain Sinclair)

Do you want to be an artist so that the whole world will look at you, or do you want to be an artist because you would like to use your ability to attract attention, to have the world see itself through you differently? (Anna Deavere Smith)

Avoid shame, but do not seek glory – nothing so expensive as glory. (Sydney Smith)

The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. (Socrates)

-on James Joyce...
An essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized. (Tom Stoppard)

I'm celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated. (Studs Terkel)

A painter is always overjoyed when anybody pays any attention to him at all, puts him in any category, calls him anything – as long as they call him something. (Wayne Thiebaud)

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific. (Lily Tomlin)

It's always good to be underestimated. (Donald Trump)

What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. (Voltaire)

Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked. (Peter de Vries)

If one side of art is making, the second side is networking. I would have never liked some artists if I have not heard, or read, or seen their works. (Milos Vujasinovic)

Exposure and attention make a work famous - the more you talk about it, the more attention it gets, the more validity it achieves. (Andy Warhol)

Beside the recognition, actually making some money makes it all worthwhile. (Jim Webb)

It's better to be looked over than overlooked. (Mae West)

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. (Oscar Wilde)

-loosely quoted from Notes for a Young Painter...
Create a truly resounding metaphor and the art world will beat a path to your door. (Hiram Williams)

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. (Marianne Williamson)

Not long after I published my first book, I quickly found I was terrible at being interviewed. (Tom Wolfe)

I let people make remarks about me, but it doesn't touch me, all those remarks. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

No one would want to pay a penny for an empty canvas by me. But it would be quite another if the empty canvas were signed by a great artist. I would be surprised if an empty canvas by Picasso or Matisse signed and inscribed with the words, 'I wanted to paint such and such on this canvas, but did not do so,' would not fetch thousands... After all, with an empty canvas, the possibilities are limitless, and so perhaps is the cash. (Semir Zeki)


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