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Brad Holland Quotes

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Art imitates life.
Life imitates high school.
- Brad Holland

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

If they were starting their careers today,
Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.
- Brad Holland

The truth is, we haven't really figured out yet how
artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies.
We're all experiments.
- Brad Holland

 

Fifty years ago, it was the dream of every bohemian
artist to be seen getting out of a limousine wearing blue jeans and sneakers.
Today, it's the dream of probably half the people in the country.
- Brad Holland

Cubism is still the most important art movement for
the same reason that John D. is still the most important Rockefeller.
- Brad Holland

In Modernism, reality used to validate media.
In Postmodernism, the media validate reality.
If you don't believe this, just think how many times
you've described some real event as being 'just like a movie.'
- Brad Holland

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Many people have observed that truth is stranger than fiction.
This has led some intellectuals to conclude that it's
stranger than non-fiction as well.
- Brad Holland

Surrealism: An archaic term.
Formerly an art movement.
No longer distinguishable from everyday life.
- Brad Holland

Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist.
That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year.
- Brad Holland

I've never understood why artists, who so often condescend
to the cliches of their own culture,
are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about.
- Brad Holland

Political art expresses the cliches you agree with,
unlike propaganda, which expresses the cliches you don't.
- Brad Holland

Many of the contradictions in Postmodern art come from
the fact that we're trying to be artists in a democratic society.
This is because in a democracy, the ideal is compromise.
In art, it isn't.
- Brad Holland

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies.
Most people consider painting a hobby and literature,
schoolwork.
- Brad Holland

Postmodernists believe that truth is myth,
and myth, truth.
This equation has its roots in pop psychology.
The same people also believe that emotions are a form of reality.
There used to be another name for this state of mind.
It used to be called psychosis.
- Brad Holland

Futurism: This was a movement of intellectuals who
wanted to replace tradition with the modern world of machinery,
speed, violence, and public relations.
It proves that we should be careful what intellectuals wish for,
because we might get it.
- Brad Holland

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

Treat a work of art like a prince.
Let it speak to you first.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men,
is the same as saying of some kind of food that it
is very good but that most people can't eat it.
- Leo Tolstoy

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Art is the stored honey of the human soul,
gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
- Theodor Adorno

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
- Robert Delaunay

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Art doesn't transform.
It just plain forms.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Take time today to appreciate beauty -
natural beauty, art, people.
Slow down, breathe deeply, smile.
It's a beautiful world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

It is art that makes life, makes interest,
makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
- Max Eastman

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Salvador Dali

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
- Stephen Sondheim

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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