Painter Poems (and sayings)



Modern art
you’ve lost your way.
I’d rather see
a comic book,
fashion drawings,
or children’s art,
an illustration,
or anything but
Modern art
you’ve lost your way!

Weird art is easy. You put a strip of raw bacon across an expensive violin – but it’s not great art!

Modern art is the salon art of our day.

Look at that
pencil and pen.
How many drawings
are left in them?

Sometimes painting needs bigger themes then ‘look I’m weird and have problems’.

There is a difference between a sketch and a sloppy painting. The first is fresh and lively. The second is unfinished and needs work

too little detail
and it looks sketchy
too much and it
looks overworked
just right, viola
it looks complete

painting skill – drawing skill
romantic – classical

A good artist can paint abstraction
A better artist can paint abstraction and realism
A great artist can do both and everything in between.

In his later paintings Chagall just imitated Chagall.

Leger was the George of the Cubists.

What’s a stand-up in art? Paintings and drawings that escaped from a wall.

There are two types of art: realism, and exaggeration.

Conceptual; art can be anything – even bad art!

Part of the fun of painting is to find a painter with technical skill.

I try to paint magic!

Modern art – dada without the charm.

“Pushing into the beyond”
says the painter Klee.

“Why should we not
be able to create
color harmonies
that correspond
to the state
of our soul?
- Paul Gauguin

Who in their right mind doesn’t think that there will be a backlash against what modern art has become?

His art spoke to me – bit it didn’t have anything nice to say!

Part of the vitality of modern art was it’s rebellion against traditional art.

Duchamp opposed the mainstream in art NOT to become the mainstream in art for the next 100 years.

Being a Duchamp clone 100 years after his work was innovative, is not bringing vitality to art. Opposing Duchamp’s ideas, does.

Duchamp broke new ground 100 years ago. Now his clones are just shoveling dirt.

Rauschberg’s work sometimes looks to me like some one put a bomb in a Cornell Box and set it off.

Conceptual art is out of ideas. If you don’t get it then the artist comes back with “you’re not educated enough to get it (not the artist isn’t talented enough to communicate his idea!) So non art work now becomes insider non art work that can’t be criticized.

History of ART in about one sentence: Art went from total structure in realism (painting exactly as is) to total freedom in conceptual art (painting rules invented by the artist).  OK, we’ve gone through the complete range. Now instead of being stuck in only one or the other – total realism, or total choice and concept – we have the choice to do either or anything in between, or all of the above. That’s the new art = Postmod Art.

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