The Macedonian kings, who maintained that their Greek ancestry traced back to Zeus, had long given homes and patronage to Greece's most distinguished artists.
Far from affording Artists continuous inspiration, mass-media sources for art have become a dead end. They have combined with the abstractness of institutional art teaching to produce a fine-arts culture given over to information and not experience. This faithfully echoes the drain of concreteness from modern existence— the reign of mere unassimilated data instead of events that gain meaning by being absorbed into the fabric of imaginative life.robert hughes
My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the Artists who give them their spirit back.louis riel
Both of them were Artists with highly developed personas, and hence unreliable witnesses to their own pasts.wilfrid sheed
I think cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals. I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown Artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.
Most Artists go potty as they get older: dafter and madder as they get more celibate. So I am consciously going to do that.Peter Blake
Some of you are doomed to be Artists.martha graham
MTV has always given Artists a platform to get their stories and music out to their fans and this series reveals the unknown side of T.I.—one of the world’s greatest Artists at the most precarious time in his life.t.i.
Not every painter has a gift for painting, in fact, many painters are disappointed when they meet with difficulties in art. Painting done under pressure by Artists without the necessary talent can only give rise to formlessness, as painting is a profession that requires peace of mind. The painter must always seek the essence of things, always represent the essential characteristics and emotions of the person he is painting...titian
I felt that everything is beautiful, but that which man tries intentionally to make beautiful; that the work of an ordinary bricklayer is more valid than the artwork of all but a very few Artists.ellsworth kelly
If modern painters feel qualms about applying the term "masterpiece" to describe a work of capital importance, this is because it has come to convey a notion of perfection: a notion that leads to much confusion when applied to Artists other than those who made perfection their ideal.andré malraux
[I'm] a sponge, the more I absorb, the more I am able to articulate my vision, as Artists do, like Picasso. I'm an artist in that light. I went from being an artist to an artiste.usher
I just want to say how much we are indebted to my dear and abiding friend, Harry Belafonte, and to all the distinguished and famous Artists and entertainers who have taken the time out from their prestigious schedules to be with us here in Montgomery, Alabama, as we march on the state capital tomorrow morning. I know that our thanks will go out to them and will abide them for years to come.harry belafonte
Only the bad Artists of the nineteenth century were frightened by the invention of photography; the good ones all welcomed it and used it. Degas liked it not only because it provided an accurate record, but because the snapshot showed him a means of escape from the classical rules of design. Through it he learnt to make a composition without the use of formal symmetry.kenneth clark
(About Pop Idols) Obviously, it's designed by record company executives who want a cheap success, and they don't want to give money to anybody and they don't want to give contracts, so they've created this world of very bubbly teenagers who want to be "idols" and they think all they have to do is mime quite well and they've made it. ... But it's not the problem of the kids, it's the problem of the record companies, because it's just an inexpensive way for them to have so-called, I won't say "Artists", but erm...You're nodding, you know what I mean.morrissey
Once we become conscious of a feeling and attempt to make a corresponding form, we are engaged in an activity which, far from being sincere, is prepared (as any artist if he is sincere will tell you) to moderate feelings to fit the form. The artist’s feeling for form is stronger than a formless feeling.herbert read
The tendency of our perceptions is to emphasise increasingly the objective elements in an impression, unless we have some special reason, as Artists have, for doing the opposite.bertrand russell
The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes Artists from entertainers, and what makes some Artists adventurers on behalf of us all.john updike
What all this posturing and fake glamor results in is a vast detachment and cynicism on the part of the Artists. Since it's impossible to have respect for an audience that'll take just about anything you care to dish out, and the impassive demeanor is so central to the role, a general numbnose is all that can be expected.
[The] kind of thinking [...] which refuses to make distinctions among Artists on the basis of color or nationality or gender, which insists on inclusion rather than exclusion, is hardly fashionable with the current tribalism known as multiculturalism and cultural diversity. But it represents [...] the only kind of thinking that can prepare the way for great art, and builds the path to a reconciled society.
I cannot be convinced that great Artists are moralists. Art is first appearances, then meaning.camille paglia
Annie Besant’s book where she put forward the idea that theosophical mystical energies could be portrayed as colours or abstract shapes was practically the invention of abstract art. A lot of Artists rushed out and read it and suddenly thought, ‘oh God you could, you could portray love as a colour, or depression as a colour” All of a sudden abstract art happens, a flowering out of occultism.