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#1. Everybody's got plants, but most are just growing weeds. The cultivated have greater gardens, finer and gaudier gardens. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#2. All artists and creative people are basically unhappy people. If you were happy, that would mean you were content with the world as it was and why would you ever want to change it? - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#3. The aesthetic experience has to be given. And beauty is a regular experience of every person - every person who is not clinically depressed! - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#4. Picasso had nicknamed Georges Braque "Wilbur," thereby becoming "Orville" in their Wright Brothers-like ambition to get painting off the ground of conventional representation. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#5. A lot of writers and artists are like chefs who eat their own cooking in the kitchen and then deliver an empty plate with assurances that it's great. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#6. Artists are people who are subject to irrational convictions of the sacred. Baudelaire said that an artist is a child who has acquired adult capacities and discipline. Art education should help build those capacities and that discipline without messing over the child. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#7. Beauty is a physiological reaction. Beauty is not an object. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#8. A lot of education is like teaching marching; I try to make it more like dancing. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#9. I'm absolutely convinced that people cannot look and read at the same time. Not any more than you can kneel and jump at the same time. It's a completely different physiological setting. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#10. The artist is a strange being. I think it's safe to say that a real artist is conscious of having a personal singularity that is partly a blessing and partly a curse. An artist enjoys and suffers from isolation. As solitude, isolation can nurture. It can also destroy. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#11. The experience of beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say. The artist's relation to the object of beauty, how the art makes that happen, is a whole other subject. Beauty is an event. Beauty is something that happens. There is no such thing as a beautiful object or a beautiful woman. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#12. There is an ineffable but fatal difference in attitude between people behaving naturally and people behaving naturally for a camera. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#13. My problem with political art is not that it's bad art necessarily, but that it is terrible politics. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#14. Everything I've learned about art was (a) because I was actually interested, or (b) I was actually interested in covering my ass because of what I was writing about. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#15. Beauty is not a concept. It is the animal joy of the mind. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#16. You could say that clinical depression is an incapacity to aesthetic response. It's like there's a constant agreement within ourselves, a kind of mutual understanding between ourselves and the world. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#17. Everything that would begin to make somebody a good student would tend to make him or her a poor artist, and vice versa. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#18. You don't need everybody to agree with you, but you do need a few people. And by this point I have a fairly high degree of confidence in my judgment, in that I don't doubt my sanity; or, even if I do, I don't have to be reassured. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#19. Photography is the art of anticipation, not working with memories, but showing their formation. As such, it has relentlessly usurped imaginative and critical prerogatives of older, slower literature and handmade visual art. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#20. Beauty makes us more like ourselves and more like each other. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#21. Comic books, graphic novels, involve constant toggling and it's hard work. You get tired reading comic books, but you never get tired looking at pictures or reading words. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#22. To me, the greatest artists are almost entirely non-verbal. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#23. Love and fear, the two strongest emotions we have. It all starts with emotion. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#24. Matisse can make you hate your life for its comparatively insipid joys. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#25. Beauty is a willing loss of mental control, surrendered to organic process that is momentarily under the direction of an exterior object. The object is not thought and felt about, exactly. It seems to use my capacities to think and feel itself. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#26. It's possible I am the only art critic that a lot of people read. And maybe Robert Hughes, if he's still writing. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#27. A word is a thought, of course. But any image, including a photograph, may become an instrument of sufficiently lucid cogitation. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#28. Black and white can show how something is. Color adds how it is, imbued with temperatures and humidities of experience. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#29. Education is this funny thing. You deal for several years with organized information, and then you go out into the world and you never see any of that ever again. There's no more organized information. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#30. I find that the mask of the critic is to have distance. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#31. For Rembrandt, reality is role-playing ... Everyone is portrayed in relation to a social hierarchy. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#32. It's my duty to sell the ideas. But there's always a question when it comes to beauty. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#33. I do have pleasure when I'm writing. I mean, I'm aware of pleasure. And sometimes I make myself laugh, with a joke or something; or I feel gleeful. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#34. I think being interested is really what being civilized is about. I mean, you have to be conscious of everything. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#35. Why do you need street smarts? Shrewdness? Toughness? It's to protect something soft that is going to be in danger if it's exposed at the wrong time and place. It's to protect a soul. But to protect your soul, you have to have one to start with. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#36. Art is always subject to change in a moment by somebody who's strong enough to shed new light on it. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#37. With art criticism it's difficult to discuss beauty, to assess it, because there's always the possibility that we're insane. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#38. Artists are sometimes in a position to tell the truth, but they're positioned as a Cassandra. They're gifted with impeccable prophecy and the assurance of never being listened to. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#39. Rembrandt was way ahead of his time. It's as if he was painting an amateur theatrical, or a professional theatrical, in his studio. It's a kind of performance. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#40. What I want to know from students, and I ask them right away, is, 'What do you want? I don't care what it is. I want to help you get it. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#41. Your medium has to be alive to you, no matter what you do. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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#42. Art teachers are always the doormats of the previous generation. - Author: Peter Schjeldahl
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