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Leonard Baskin Quote of the Day

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The art schools...
you get young kids doing the most vile and meaningless crap.
I think they believe every bit of it.
- Leonard Baskin

Art is man's distinctly human way of fighting death.
- Leonard Baskin

I think if you touch ordinary people,
they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been.
They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should.
- Leonard Baskin

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all.
And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin


Works of art produced in the contemporary world are
a further expression of that.
But I don't think there is an active,
ongoing nihilist self-consciousness in the artist.
- Leonard Baskin

I think there is an element of nihilism about,
but I don't think most artists feel their work is meaningless.
- Leonard Baskin

Of course, I did lots of what would be called graphic design now,
what used to be called commercial art.
- Leonard Baskin

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I always felt that I had anxiety of survival in terms
of livelihood even when I was making plenty of money.
- Leonard Baskin

But I think doctors have always been either honest or dishonest.
- Leonard Baskin

I always felt I needed to teach to survive.
- Leonard Baskin

Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable.
- Leonard Baskin

I think the leaders inevitably express the people they are leading.
- Leonard Baskin

I think it has other roots, has to do,
in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life...
nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance,
inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist,
unjust attitude that is pervasive.
- Leonard Baskin

There is, however, a change going on in the world.
There's far more interest in drawing now than there has been in a long,
long time.
Schools are beginning to teach drawing again in a serious and meaningful way.
- Leonard Baskin

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Salvador Dali

All art is autobiographical.
The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp

The perfection of art is to conceal art.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

The more horrifying this world becomes,
the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art;
men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
- E. M. Forster

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
- Theodor Adorno

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The history of art is the history of revivals.
- Samuel Butler

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

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