“ Performance art is going to be the future. Plays on Broadway are so restricted. But performance art is like haikus, just one line thing. And it's more casual but more interesting. ”


— Yoko Ono

“ Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. ”


— Aristotle

“ Take an exhibit, in the days when we saw the Pop art - Andy Warhol and all that - tomato soup cans, etc., and coming home, you saw everything like A. Warhol. ”


— Corita Kent

“ The way I make art - the way a lot of people make art - is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important. ”


— Shepard Fairey

“ As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and its professional selection committees so that they can commission a full range of public art that is daring and, when appropriate, daringly traditional. ”


— Gavin Newsom

“ Even Michelangelo got paid for doing the Sistine Chapel. To those artists who say they're doing it for the love of art, I say: Get real. ”


— Gianni Versace

“ If you have good songs and a real desire to make music, the next thing to do, instead of approach record companies, is to get yourself a really good manager because then it allows you to focus on your profession of being a musician. Then they can focus on the darker art of the record label and the music industry. ”


— James Blunt

“ Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes his own limits on an art exhibition, rather than asking an artist to set his limits. ”


— Robert Smithson

“ The art of bread making can become a consuming hobby, and no matter how often and how many kinds of bread one has made, there always seems to be something new to learn. ”


— Julia Child

“ Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art. ”


— Baltasar Gracian

“ Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. ”


— Pablo Picasso

“ Wit as an instrument of revenge is as infamous as art is as a means of sensual titillation. ”


— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

“ We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand. ”


— Pablo Picasso

“ Translation is the art of failure. ”


— Umberto Eco

“ The Elgin Marbles were supposed to be on the Parthenon. For many works of art, a museum is an artificial setting - a zoo, not a natural habitat. ”


— Virginia Postrel

“ Jazz music and, more specifically, jazz musicians, are my artistic heroes. I want to be the Thelonious Monk of acting. He had no concern for how well he was received. He played whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He just wasn't interested in achieving the good opinion of his audience. That's the Holy Grail of acting; of any art form. ”


— Trevor St. John

“ Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask. ”


— Robert Motherwell

“ Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. ”


— Claude Monet

“ Once you learn to look at architecture not merely as an art more or less well or more or less badly done, but as a social manifestation, the critical eye becomes clairvoyant. ”


— Louis Sullivan

“ The recognition of the art that informs all pure science need not mean the abandonment for it of all present art, rather it will mean the completion of the transformation of art that has already begun. ”


— John Desmond Bernal

“ I dug up some old John Buscema 'Conan' comics. Man, when Alfredo Alcala was inking, that was some of the most beautiful black and white comic art ever published. The stories are good, too, though early '70s comics based on Conan is a festival of sexist, racist stereotypes. ”


— Ted Naifeh

“ The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art. ”


— Jackson Pollock

“ Art is a critical component in a well-rounded education. Art is the level playing field - no matter how rich or poor, tall or short, pretty or ugly to the bone, if you can draw, you can find personal fulfillment and build self-confidence. Art is the highest achievement of mankind. ”


— Lynda Resnick

“ Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. ”


— Octavia E. Butler

“ Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination. ”


— George Henry Lewes


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