Art Quotes III

Art Quotes III


15-Art Quotes III


It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.

©ANAIS NIN, quoted in The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

©OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Art at its greatest is fantastically deceitful and complex.

©VLADIMIR NABOKOV, Strong Opinions

All passes. Art alone

Enduring stays to us;

The Bust outlasts the throne,–

The Coin, Tiberius.


It was the job of art to bring true feelings alive. To shock people into awareness.


The work of art is a scapegoat surplus product, a dispensable cliché of form and meaning, having only the value the spectator–the symbol of society at large–gives it as he encounters it in the no man’s land of the gallery or museum. He victimizes it and is victimized by it; he is ambivalent about it as it is in itself. It has a certain amount of authority, yet no more than he gives it by channeling his life-energy in its forms. In other words, it forces him to recognize his own authoritarian style, i.e., his tendency to treat his own identity as a finished form, but at the same time possessed of an energy that contradicts that form by reashing for other identities. The work of art teaches the spectator that he too is communaal cliché and unfinished expression.

©DONALD BURTON KUSPIT, Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries

If they who understand the utmost refinement of any art will enjoy the perfection of it in a manner superior to other men, will they not amply pay for that advantage in feeling more than other men the imperfection of it, which in the natural course of things must so much oftener fall in their way?

©FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections

Computers creating art is an upsetting concept mostly because of what it means about humans.

©JASON LEE MILLER, “Automated Content Will Unmake Existence”

True art, like nature, ever bears

Suggestions of some higher thing;

As more than form or tint of bird

We prize the song he stops to sing.

©EDITH WILLIS LINN FORBES, “A Landscape in Oils”

Art is not Nature, art is Nature digested. Art is a sublime excrement.

©GEORGE MOORE, Confessions of a Young Man


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