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Anish Kapoor Quotes

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Artists don't make objects.
Artists make mythologies.
- Anish Kapoor

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My work is not about my life history.
It's not about the story of my neurosis.
- Anish Kapoor

If you get a bad review, you take that in your stride.
- Anish Kapoor

Sculpture occupies the same space as your body.
- Anish Kapoor

 

I'm not an artist who has an agenda that's set by the work.
- Anish Kapoor

All ideas grow out of other ideas.
- Anish Kapoor

I feel there's everything to do yet.
- Anish Kapoor

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One must not believe any of those mythologies about oneself as an artist.
- Anish Kapoor

Work grows out of other work, and there are very few eureka moments.
- Anish Kapoor

I've nothing to say.
- Anish Kapoor

The idea is that the object has a language unto itself.
- Anish Kapoor

Re-investing in one's own little moments of insight is very important.
- Anish Kapoor

It's the role of the artist to pursue content.
- Anish Kapoor

I am Indian, and I'm proud of it.
Indian life is mythologically rich and powerful.
- Anish Kapoor

I, in the end, make art for myself.
- Anish Kapoor

I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist.
- Anish Kapoor

One cannot set out to make a work that's spiritual.
What is a contemporary iconography for the spiritual? Is it some fuzzy space?
- Anish Kapoor

Red, of course, is the colour of the interior of our bodies.
In a way it's inside out, red.
- Anish Kapoor

What one does in the studio is to pose a series of problems to oneself.
I've got to look for some deeper meaning,
for some reason for this thing to be in the world.
There's enough stuff in the world.
- Anish Kapoor

A work will only have deep resonance if the kind of
darkness I can generate is something that is resident in me already.
- Anish Kapoor

Red is a colour I've felt very strongly about.
Maybe red is a very Indian colour, maybe it's one of
those things that I grew up with and recognise at some other level.
- Anish Kapoor

Content arises out of certain considerations about form,
material, context-and that when that subject matter
is sufficiently far away.
- Anish Kapoor

My first show sold within the first 3 minutes,
and I came back to the studio and spent the next two
and a half years making almost nothing.
- Anish Kapoor

You know that day after day of, Oh God what am I going
to do with myself feeling? The fear of the emptiness
that it implies keeps me going.
- Anish Kapoor

We live in a fractured world.
I've always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.
- Anish Kapoor

One can hardly be Indian and not know that almost every accent,
which hand you eat your food with, has some deeper symbolic truth,
reality.
- Anish Kapoor

I used to empty the studio out and throw stuff away.
I now don't.
There will be a whole series of dead ends that a year
or two down the line I'll come back to.
- Anish Kapoor

Maybe the way we have learned to look has changed in the last 25 years,
and the exotic is much more acceptable.
There are many artists now, younger artists,
who work out of the exotic.
- Anish Kapoor

The work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint.
And without your involvement as a viewer,
there is no story.
- Anish Kapoor

That freedom that Picasso afforded himself,
to be an artist in a huge number of ways,
seems to be a huge psychological liberation.
- Anish Kapoor

One doesn't make art for other people,
even though I am very concerned with the viewer.
- Anish Kapoor

What interests me is the sense of the darkness that we carry within us,
the darkness that's akin to one of the principal subjects of the sublime -
terror.
- Anish Kapoor

I've always felt that if one was going to take seriously
this vocation as an artist,
you have to get beyond that decorative facade.
- Anish Kapoor

The eye is a very quick instrument, much quicker than the ear.
The eye gets it immediately.
- Anish Kapoor

Being an artist is a very long game.
It is not a 10-year game.
I hope I'll be around making art when I'm 80.
- Anish Kapoor

One does not set out with the idea that I've just had
a great idea and now I'm going to go and carry it out.
Almost all art that's made like that doesn't go anywhere.
- Anish Kapoor

I think I understand something about space.
I think the job of a sculptor is spatial as much as it is to do with form.
- Anish Kapoor

One of the great currents in the contemporary experience
of art is that it seems to come out of the experience of the author.
- Anish Kapoor

There's something imminent in the work,
but the circle is only completed by the viewer.
- Anish Kapoor

It's precisely in those moments when I don't know what to do,
boredom drives one to try a host of possibilities to
either get somewhere or not get anywhere.
- Anish Kapoor

One does afford oneself the luxury to come into the studio and all day,
every day, spend one's life making aesthetic propositions.
What an immense luxury.
- Anish Kapoor

Much of what I make is geometric, and has a kind of
almost mathematical logic to the form.
- Anish Kapoor

I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
- Robert Indiana

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those
who cannot attain it in anything.
- Gustave Flaubert

Artists themselves are not confined,
but their output is.
- Robert Smithson

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

I hope and believe we are paving a better future for female artists to come.
- Paula Cole

At the moment, I have it planned as a six or seven year experiment,
but the books will only ever appear in bursts like
this every couple of years and only with the best quality artists.
- Mark Millar

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic
instruments for storytelling.
- Ted Lange

A free culture is not a culture without property;
it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid.
- Lawrence Lessig

We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of
us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that
it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure.
- Robertson Davies

I just feel passionately about a few things and particularly
about helping artists get off the ground.
- Jane Badler

Artists were nurtured back in the '70s.
Their music was developed by the record companies.
- Gary Wright

One of the makeup artists once dyed my dog blue with vegetable blue.
- Mia Kirshner

Things have changed a great deal since the days of Mr. Mayer.
The studios no longer control, as they did in those days,
artists or directors or producers, as the case may be.
- Lew Wasserman

I helped found Artists for New South Africa,
but it used to be called Artists for Free South Africa.
Alfre Woodard and a bunch of us started this.
- Mary Steenburgen

The storyboard artists job is to plan out shot for shot the whole show,
write all the dialog, and decide the mood,
action, jokes, pacing, etc of every scene.
- Craig McCracken

Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists,
but belongs in varying degrees to all men.
- George Henry Lewes

I didn't want to save art - I respected the older artists
too much to think art needed saving.
But I knew it was finished, even though,
at that time, I didn't know what I would do.
- Sol LeWitt

The only people left in America who seem not to be
artists are illustrators.
- Brad Holland

The best of artists has no conception that the marble
alone does not contain within itself.
- Michelangelo

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
- Margot Fonteyn

I don't think artists are made, I think they're born.
- Don Van Vliet

The deals that were made for Black artists at that
time were not the deals that were made for white artists.
- Solomon Burke

Lately I've been a workaholic.
I'm in the studio all the time and I've helped to produce a couple of artists.
- Duncan Sheik

The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its
artists and writers to become suspected rather than
respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.
- James Thurber

It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait
for others to call them artists,
but simply announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art.
- Pauline Kael

I think artists who are attracted to working on the
Net will adjust their work to the capabilities of a very small screen.
- Laurie Anderson

Those artists who say that somehow therapy or analysis
will thwart their creativity are completely misinformed.
It's absolutely the opposite: it opens closed doors.
- Paul Schrader

Well, I think there are artists who are more or less
contemporary with Hopper who are more relevant.
- Donald Judd


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