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" In aristocratic societies, rich people used to commission exquisite paintings for their walls. "
" I don't get ideas, I have them. The trick is to remember where I've put them. "
" Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life. "
" Art imitates life. Life imitates high school. "
" I didn't want to go to college - I was bored by junior high. So I was in church one day, staring at the stained glass windows and thinking about things, when suddenly I decided that if I could start selling cartoons to magazines, they'd let me quit high school. "
" Cubism is still the most important art movement for the same reason that John D. is still the most important Rockefeller. "
" New Wave art was the rage of the eighties. Now it's exhibited in oldies-but-goodies museums, usually in black-and-pink frames. "
" The truth is, we haven't really figured out yet how artists are going to thrive in modern mass societies. We're all experiments. "
" Political art expresses the cliches you agree with, unlike propaganda, which expresses the cliches you don't. "
" 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. "
" Many people decorate their homes with designer graffiti, even though most of them would probably have real graffiti scoured off the walls of their buildings. "
" 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. "
" Your biggest influences are the earliest ones. When I was young, I was very influenced by the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne. "
" Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist. That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year. "
" 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. "
" The only people left in America who seem not to be artists are illustrators. "
" If they were starting their careers today, Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet. "
" All the other kids in ninth grade were drawing hot rods and cocker spaniels and getting blue ribbons in art class. I was getting rejection slips from the 'Saturday Evening Post.' "
" Commercial art is traditionally delivered to a client in a brown-paper bag with an invoice stapled to the outside. "
" In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies. Most people consider painting a hobby and literature, schoolwork. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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.' "