recent quotes about art
I couldn't portray a women in all her natural
loveliness.. I haven't the skill. No one has.
I must, therefore, create a new sort of beauty,
the beauty that appears to me in terms of
volume of line, of mass, of weight, and through
that beauty interpret my subjective impression.
I think everybody deserves freedom. Freedom
is such an abstract word, but it's all we
As a painter I am beginning to see more clearly
how to work from Nature.. but I still can't
do justice to the intensity unfolding before
When I work, I work very fast, but preparing
to work can take any length of time.
People were more interested in the phenomena
than the art itself. This, combined with the
growing interest in collecting art as an investment
and the resultant boom in the art market,
made it a difficult time for a young artist
to remain sincere without becoming cynical.
I tell young people that the greatest paintings
in museums are made with minerals mixed in
oil schmeared on cloth with the hair from
the back of a pig's ear. It's that simple.
The emotion of beauty is always obscured by
the appearance of the object. Therefore the
object must be eliminated from the picture.
When I paint something, I don't paint what
I see in front of me, I paint the things I
see in my head when I'm looking.
I've never had an easy relationship with critics.
I hold a lot of homicide in my heart. If this
was another time, I'd be packing a piece.
I opened my own gallery, in 1980, which I
always thought was the most honest thing you
could do. It's like a chef opening his restaurant.
I am essentially a painter of the kind of
still life composition that communicates a
sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which
I have always valued above all else.
A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful
attempt to put on to canvas what is in front
of him, but one who tries to create something
which is, in itself, a living thing.
The holy grail is to spend less time making
the picture than it takes people to look at
Our society is run by insane people for insane
objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs
for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to
be put away as insane for expressing that.
That's what's insane about it.
The music that really turns me on is either
running toward God or away from God. Both
recognize the pivot, that God is at the center
of the jaunt.
There's no retirement for an artist, it's
your way of living so there's no end to it.
You come to nature with all her theories,
and she knocks them all flat.
The people who weep before my pictures are
having the same religious experience I had
when I painted them. And if you, as you say,
are moved only by their color relationships,
then you miss the point!
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is
more logical and scientific and makes you
worry about gravity.
Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the
Believe it or not, I can actually draw.
Michel Basquiat :::
Man can't do without God. Just like you're
thirsty, you have to drink water. You just
can't go without God.
O great creator of being grant us one more
hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.