Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.— Jackson Pollock
Reckoning Abstract Art quotations
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.
The drawings don't start with 'a beautiful mark'.
It has to be a mark of something out there in the world. It doesn't have to be an accurate drawing, but it has to stand for an observation, not something that is abstract, like an emotion.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.
There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult.
It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.
There is no must in art because art is free.
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.
abstract art is not the creation of another reality but the true vision of reality.
Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.
The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - thing I had no words for.
Why must art be static? You look at an abstraction, sculptured or painted, an entirely exciting arrangement of planes, spheres, nuclei, entirely without meaning. It would be perfect but it is always still. The next step in sculpture is motion.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you.
The works of 'abstract' art are subtle creations of order out of simple contrasting elements.
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.
We speak of concrete and not abstract painting because nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a color, a surface.
The pop artists did images that anybody walking down Broadway could recognize in a split second — comics, picnic tables, men’s trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles. All the great modern things that the Abstract Expressionists tried not to notice at all.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Abstract Expressionism - the first American movement to have a worldwide influence - was remarkably short-lived: It heated up after World War II and was all but done for by 1960 (although visit any art school today and you'll find a would-be Willem de Kooning).
Black and white is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive... Black and white is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.
I wore one of my Tanguy earrings and one made by Calder in order to show my impartiality between Surrealist and Abstract Art.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Art - when it is really doing what it should do - teaches abstract thinking;
it teaches teamwork; it teaches people to actually think about things that they cannot see.
I often told the fanatics of realism that there is no such thing as realism in art: it only exists in the mind of the observer. Art is a symbol, a thing conjuring up reality in our mental image. That is why I don't see any contradiction between abstract and figurative art either.
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc.
, because the painting has a life of its own.
The noblest art is that of making others happy.
Abstract art has helped us to experience the emotional power inherent in pure form.
In the abstract art of cooking, ingredients trump appliances, passion supersedes expertise, creativity triumphs over technique, spontaneity inspires invention, and wine makes even the worst culinary disaster taste delicious.
Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not....All colours arouse specific associative ideas, psychologically material or tangible, while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
It's not about facts, it's about feelings.
It's about remembering feelings and happiness. A definition of art is that it makes concrete our most subtle emotions. I think the highest form of art is music. It's the most abstract of all art expression.
Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas.
In retrospect I can see that my desire to create abstractions has become more and more radical. Art should not be delivering a report on reality, but should be looking at what's behind something.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art remind you that you have one.
The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty.
Realism and Naturalism rely mostly on the eye of the flesh.
Abstract, conceptual and surrealistic art rely mostly on the eye of the mind. Great works of art rely on the eye of contemplation, the eye of the spirit.
Any combining, mixing, adding, diluting, exploiting, vulgarizing, or popularizing of abstract art deprives art of its essence and depraves the artist's artistic consciousness. Art is free, but it is not a free-for-all.
Passion is the art of suffering for what you love; instead of settling for what you don't.
Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
My advice to those who which to learn the art of scientific prophesy is not to rely on abstract reason, but to decipher the secret language of Nature from Nature's documents: the facts of experience.
The painting has a life of its own
We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images.
You like it, that's all, whether it's a landscape or abstract.
You like it. It hits you. You don't have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces your eye.