„There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.“
— William Osler Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital 1849 - 1919
On the Educational Value of the Medical Society (1903), p. 333
„The art system operates on its own terms, but an observer of art can choose many different distinctions to indicate what he observes.“
— Niklas Luhmann German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist 1927 - 1998
Źródło: Art As a Social System (2000), p. 102.
— David Lodge writer 1935
Part IV, ch. 1, p. 245.
Small World (1984)
„The only way art lives is through the experience of the observer. The reality of art begins with the eyes of the beholder, through imagination, invention and confrontation.“
— Keith Haring American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing… 1958 - 1990
Haring – Art in Transit http://www.haring.com/!/selected_writing/haring-art-in-transit#.V1cw0tIrKyw The Keith Haring Foundation
„Art is merciless observation, sympathy, imagination, and a sense of detachment that is almost cruelty.“
— Michael Powell English film director 1905 - 1990
„He dyed his hair with great art, maintaining enough gray to suggest wisdom, but not so much as to suggest age.“
— Michael Flynn, książka Eifelheim
Źródło: Eifelheim (2006), Chapter 5 (p. 234)
„It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once.“
— Umberto Eco, książka Wyspa dnia poprzedniego
Źródło: The Island of the Day Before
— Walter Benjamin German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940) 1892 - 1940
"The Storyteller" (1936)
„Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
Źródło: Striking Thoughts (2000), p. 25; Variant: Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose — to accept defeat. To learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying!
As quoted in Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000)
Kontekst: Like everyone else you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat — to learn to die — is to be liberated from it. Once you accept, you are free to flow and to harmonize. Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.
„The computer's most profound aesthetic implication is that we are being forced to dismiss the classical view of art and reality which insists that man stand outside of reality in order to observe it, and, in art, requires the presence of the picture frame and the sculpture pedestal. The notion that art can be separated from its everyday environment is a cultural fixation [in other words, a mythic structure] as is the ideal of objectivity in science. It may be that the computer will negate the need for such an illusion by fusing both observer and observed, "inside" and "outside."“
— Jack Burnham American art historian 1931
It has already been observed that the everyday world is rapidly assuming identity with the condition of art.
Jack Burnham (1969). "The Aesthetics of Intelligent Systems" in Edward F. Fry, ed. (1970). On the Future of Art. New York: The Viking Press, p. 103; as cited in: Edward A. Shanken. "The House That Jack Built: Jack Burnham's Concept of 'Software' as a Metaphor for Art" http://www.artexetra.com/House.html in Leonardo Electronic Almanac 6:10 (November, 1998)
„Nietzsche understands the aesthetic state of the observer and recipient on the basis of the state of the creator. Thus the effect of the artwork is nothing else than a reawakening of the creator’s state in the one who enjoys the artwork. Observation of art follows in the wake of creation. Nietzsche says (SM, 821), “—the effect of artworks is arousal of the art-creating state, rapture.”“
— Martin Heidegger German philosopher 1889 - 1976
Źródło: Nietzsche (1961), p. 117
„Originality is the most deadly mirage in all of art. You can chase it from now until doomsday, and you'll only find yourself lost and dying of thirst.“
— Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
24 July 2005
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2005
„The essential art of dying consists of being easy-going and relaxed while at the same time staying mentally undistracted and one-pointed. Therefore, the one who is dying should imagine the most beautiful thing above his head and wish to go there as often as possible.“
— Lama Ole Nydahl Danish lama 1941
Fearless Death: Buddhist Wisdom on the Art of Dying (2012)
„Science looks and observes and art see and foresees. Every great scientist has experienced a moment when the artist in him saved the scientist.“
— Naum Gabo Russian sculptor 1890 - 1977
Naum Gabo (1937) "Editorial", p. 9
1936 - 1977, Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art, 1937
„Observe, and in that observation there is neither the "observer" nor the "observed" — there is only observation taking place.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
5th Public Talk Saanen (26th July 1970); also in "Fear and Pleasure", The Collected Works, Vol. X
Kontekst: Do you decide to observe? Or do you merely observe? Do you decide and say, "I am going to observe and learn"? For then there is the question: "Who is deciding?" Is it will that says, "I must"? And when it fails, it chastises itself further and says, "I must, must, must"; in that there is conflict; therefore the state of mind that has decided to observe is not observation at all. You are walking down the road, somebody passes you by, you observe and you may say to yourself, "How ugly he is; how he smells; I wish he would not do this or that". You are aware of your responses to that passer-by, you are aware that you are judging, condemning or justifying; you are observing. You do not say, "I must not judge, I must not justify". In being aware of your responses, there is no decision at all. You see somebody who insulted you yesterday. Immediately all your hackles are up, you become nervous or anxious, you begin to dislike; be aware of your dislike, be aware of all that, do not "decide" to be aware. Observe, and in that observation there is neither the "observer" nor the "observed" — there is only observation taking place. The "observer" exists only when you accumulate in the observation; when you say, "He is my friend because he has flattered me", or, "He is not my friend, because he has said something ugly about me, or something true which I do not like." That is accumulation through observation and that accumulation is the observer. When you observe without accumulation, then there is no judgement.
„Art is not hysteria. Art is as natural to man as is thought, it is a normal function of his brain. Art is observation and consciousness. It is not an instinct, vague, indecisive, sickly. Art is an eternal source – life, and an unlimited expression, the individual. These two elements, well-adapted, make masterpieces... All speech that a human being finds to give a new impression is of art. Why believe that the speech must be epileptic to become art?... Such is art. It is the product of life and the individual. It is born from their clash, from the received impression. But this impression is made once, for then it is no longer, neither life nor the individual..“
— Marianne von Werefkin expressionist painter 1860 - 1938
Vol. 1: 'My beautiful One, My Unique!', pp. 130-140
1895 - 1905, Lettres à un Inconnu, 1901 – 1905; Museo Communale, Ascona
„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.“
— Antoni Tàpies Catalan painter, sculptor and art theorist 1923 - 2012
Źródło: undated quotes, p. 25.
„On Thee we fling our burdening woe,
O love Divine, forever dear:
Content to suffer, while we know,
Living and dying, Thou art near!“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 596.
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call.“
— Sylvia Plath, Ariel
"Lady Lazarus" http://www.angelfire.com/tn/plath/lady.html
Źródło: Ariel (1965)