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Art is kind of human creativity. It's often difficult to say the difference between art and other kinds of human actions.

Some kinds of art:

This should be made a genuine article or at least bunch of links to genuine articles about art. List of quotations isn't really useful.

Some other short takes on art:

"Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable." –Publishers Weekly, 5 Apr 65 Leonard Baskin

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad." –People, 27 Sep 76 Salvador Dali

"I do a bale of sketches, one eye, a piece of hair. A pound of observation, then an ounce of painting." –On his portraits, Washington Post, 31 May 75 Gardner Cox

"Whores are the most honest girls. They present the bill right away." –On his choice of models, quoted by James Lord Giacometti Farrar, Straus & Giroux 85 Alberto Giacometti

"Three men riding on a bicycle which has only one wheel, I guess that's surrealist." –Twenty-two Famous Painters and Illustrators Tell How They Work McKay 64 Dong Kingman

"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul." –Matisse Rizzoli 84 Henri Matisse

"It is only after years of preparation that the young [artist] should touch color—not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression." –Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar 85 Henri Matisse

"Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask." –Times, 17 Nov 85 Robert Motherwell

"Art is the triumph over chaos." –The Stories of John Cheever Knopf 78 John Cheever

"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography." –Atlantic Dec 65 Federico Fellini

"Art is made by the alone for the alone." –Time, 12 May 80 Luis Barragán

"Light is impressionism." –On positioning galleries for impressionist and postimpressionist paintings at the top of her design for Paris's Musée d'Orsay, Time, 8 Dec 86 Gae Aulenti

"Art has two constant, two unending concerns: It always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St John." –Doctor Zhivago, translated by Max Hayward and Manya Harari, Pantheon 58 Boris Pasternak

"Any great work of art ... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world—the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air." –"What Makes Opera Grand?" Vogue Dec 58 Leonard Bernstein

"I don't really have studios. I wander around—around people's attics, out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me." –Time, 18 Aug 86 Andrew Wyeth

"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you." –Quoted by Francis V O'Connor Jackson Pollock Museum of Modern Art 67 Jackson Pollock

"For a long time I limited myself to one color—as a form of discipline." –On his blue and rose periods, Picasso on Art Pablo Picasso

"Art is the signature of civilizations." –NBC TV, 4 May 85 Beverly Sills

"Art means to dare—and to have been right." –W, 10 Oct 80 Ned Rorem

"He searched disorder for its unifying principle." –On Stuart Davis, abstractionist whose work prefigured pop art, NY Times, 26 Jun 64 Brian O'Doherty

"The Art Snob can be recognized in the home by the quick look he gives the pictures on your walls, quick but penetrating, as though he were undressing them. This is followed either by complete and pained silence or a comment such as "That's really a very pleasant little water color you have there."" –Snobs Harper 50 Russell Lynes

"The Art Snob will stand back from a picture at some distance, his head cocked slightly to one side. ... After a long period of gazing (during which he may occasionally squint his eyes), he will approach to within a few inches of the picture and examine the brushwork; he will then return to his former distant position, give the picture another glance and walk away." –Snobs Harper 50 Russell Lynes

"[It] is that rare impressionist painting where people don't judge the light, but rather are judged by it." –On Terrace at Sainte-Adresse by Claude Monet, Christian Science Monitor, 1 Oct 80 Alexandra Johnson

"The studio, a room to which the artist consigns himself for life, is naturally important, not only as workplace, but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages, one way or another, to turn up in his product." –NY Times, 29 Jun 84 Grace Glueck

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse." –To Royal Academy of Arts, Time, 11 May 53 Winston Churchill

"[It was] like the wild child who belongs in a delinquent home." –On status of modern art collection before $26-million, 110,000-square-foot addition to the museum, Manhattan Inc Aug 86 Lowery Sims

"Dead artists always bring out an older, richer crowd." –On a fauvism exhibition that drew 2,000 people, NY Times, 26 Mar 76 Elizabeth Shaw

"I'd rather use art to climb than anything else." –When asked if his purchases were for investment or social climbing, recalled on his death, 1 Jan 86 Robert C Scull

"It holds up in one object or one surface, in one bright, luminous and concentrated thing—whether a beer can or a flag—all the dispersed elements that go to make up our lives." –On his collection of pop and minimal art, Time, 21 Feb 64 Robert C Scull

"This museum is a torpedo moving through time, its head the ever-advancing present, its tail the ever-receding past of 50 to 100 years ago." –Newsweek, 1 Jun 64 Alfred Barr

"The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited." –Recalled at his Broadway memorial service, NY Times, 31 Oct 83 William Saroyan

"Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses." –Recalled on his death, 9 Jun 64 Lord Beaverbrook (William Maxwell Aitken)

"[Discipline in art is] a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing." –Recalled on his death, 31 Aug 86 Henry Moore

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence." –Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar 85 Henri Matisse

"All art is solitary and the studio is a torture area." –NY Times, 13 May 79 Alexander Liberman

"Most artists are surrealists. ... always dreaming something and then they paint it." –Quoted in Mary Ann Guitar ed Twenty-two Famous Painters and Illustrators Tell How They Work McKay 64 Dong Kingman

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