Quotes about art

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„Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.“

—  Emily Dickinson, book The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Variant: Art is a house that tries to be haunted.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

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„Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

As quoted in Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought (1992) by John Paynter, p. 590
Unsourced variant: Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.

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„Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

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„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

Source: Art As a Social System (2000), p. 102.

Citát „Observation is a dying art.“
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„Observation is a dying art.“

—  Stanley Kubrick American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor 1928 - 1999

Source: Stanley Kubrick: Interviews

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„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

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„Art is to console those who are broken by life.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

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„Tool is not Slayer. I went to art school. I spent three years in the military. There's more to me than throwing devil horns.“

—  Maynard James Keenan musician 1964

Aidin Vaziri (January 2, 2009) "Maynard James Keenan: Hard rocker, winemaker. 5 Questions.", San Francisco Chronicle, p. E3.

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