„Why do we think that arts are leisure? Why isn't it arts and science or arts and the most important thing in your life?“
Bill Moyers interview (2002)
Contexto: I used to say that arts were talked about in the arts and leisure page. Now, why would it be arts and leisure? Why do we think that arts are leisure? Why isn't it arts and science or arts and the most important thing in your life? I think that art has become a big scarlet letter in our culture.
It's a big "A." And it says, you are an elitist, you're effete, or whatever those things... do you know what I mean? It means you don't connect. And I don't believe that. I think we've patronized our audiences long enough.
You can do things that would bring people to another place and still get someone on a very daily mundane moving level but you don't have to separate art from the masses.
„My art is rooted in a single reflection: why am I not as others are?.. my art gives meaning to my life.“
— Edvard Munch Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944
Quote in Edvard Munch: Psyche, Symbol and Expression (2001) by Jeffery Howe
„It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.“
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Fonte: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
„…The subjects we study at school can be divided roughly into two groups—the sciences and the arts. The sciences include mathematics, geography, chemistry, physics, and so on. Among the arts are drawing, painting, modelling, needlework, drama, music, literature. The purpose of education is to fit us for life in a civilised community, and it seems to follow from the subjects we study that the two most important things in civilised life are Art and Science.“
— Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993
Non-Fiction, English Literature: A Survey for Students (1958, revised 1974)
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
Osnos, Evan. “ It’s Not Beautiful: An Artist Takes On the System http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/05/24/100524fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=all.” New Yorker, May 24, 2010, 54–63.
„Why is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.“
— Fernando Pessoa, livro Livro do Desassossego
Ibid., p. 279
The Book of Disquiet
Original: Porque é bela a arte? Porque é inútil. Porque é feia a vida? Porque é toda fins e propósitos e intenções.
„The one thing to say about art and life is that art is art and life is life, that art is not life and life is not art. A 'slice-of-life' art is no better or worse than a 'slice-of-art' life. Fine art is not a 'means of making a living' or a 'way of living a life', and a artist who dedicates his life to his art or his art to his life burdens his art with his life and his life with his art. Art that is a matter of life and death is neither fine nor free.“
— Ad Reinhardt American painter 1913 - 1967
1956 - 1967, Art-as-Art Dogma' part II, (1964)
„Not long ago only a few artistic periods were thought suitable for museums. Then they were joined by exhibitions of Coptic and early Christian art, Greek terracotta's and vases, Persian and Islamic art. But why is Indian, Chinese and Javanese art still classified under ethnology or anthropology? And why is the art of primitive peoples not considered art at all?“
— Emil Nolde German artist 1867 - 1956
1900 - 1920
„Do not merely practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; it deserves that, for only art and science can exalt man to divinity.“
— Ludwig Van Beethoven German Romantic composer 1770 - 1827
Fahre fort, übe nicht allein die Kunst, sondern dringe auch in ihr Inneres; sie verdient es, denn nur die Kunst und die Wissenschaft erhöhen den Menschen bis zur Gottheit.
Letter to Emilie, July 17, 1812.
Quoted in Musical news, Vol. 3 (1892), p. 627
„I agree with Rosenberg’s text that says anything is art as soon as it is put in a museum. And that is why artists are such appalling things, since they are responsible for this state of affairs in art.“
— Daniel Buren sculptor from France 1938
Art is no longer justifiable or setting the record straight, 2000
„No art is superior to another one, but every art looks for expertise and perfection. This is life, which continues; this is why there is no death. There is continuation. There is no silence. There is a continuation of thought.“
— Marcel Marceau French mime and actor 1923 - 2007
Interview The Lantern (5 April 2001)
— John Hodgman, livro The Areas of My Expertise
October 18, 2007
The Areas of My Expertise (2005), Appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
„Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus.“
— Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
(15 June 2007)
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2007
Contexto: Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus. And unlike science, art is not progressive. Personally, I have my doubts that science can be said to be genuinely progressive, but I'm pretty dammed certain that art is not. Which is not to say that it is not accumulative or accretionary. But the belief that sf writers are out there forecasting the future, that they have some social responsibility to do so, that's malarky, if you ask me. Writers of sf can only, at best, make educated guesses, and usually those guesses are wrong, and clumping together to form a consensus does not in any way insure against history unfolding in one of those other, unpredicted directions. People love to pick out the occasional instances where Jules Verne and William Gibson got it right; they rarely ever point fingers at their miscalls.
„The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The trial of Charles B. Reynolds for blasphemy (1887)
Contexto: I want you to understand what has been done in the world to force men to think alike. It seems to me that if there is some infinite being who wants us to think alike he would have made us alike. Why did he not do so? Why did he make your brain so that you could not by any possibility be a Methodist? Why did he make yours so that you could not be a Catholic? And why did he make the brain of another so that he is an unbeliever — why the brain of another so that he became a Mohammedan — if he wanted us all to believe alike?
After all, maybe Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty. Maybe, after all, it would not be best for us all to be just the same. What a stupid world, if everybody said yes to everything that everybody else might say.
The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, livro Belos e Malditos
Fonte: The Beautiful and Damned
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
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