25 October, 2011

Art Is What?


Is It Art?

Wolf Kahn said, "Each painting has its own dignity, its own requirements."

"But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: 'It's clever, but is it Art?'" Rudyard Kipling.

"The air one sees in the paintings of the masters is not the air one breathes." Edgar Degas.

"Why don't you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out?"  Groucho Marx. 

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer.

Fauvist Forest, Casey Klahn

"To sum up, I work without a theory. I am conscious above all of the forces involved, and find myself driven forward by an idea that I can really only grasp bit by bit as it grows with the picture." Henri Matisse.

"Always do whatever's next." George Carlin.

"Information is cheap, meaning is expensive."  George Dyson.

"I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way -- things I had no words for." Georgia O’Keeffe.

"A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to." Banksy.

"Each new situation requires a new architecture." Jean Nouvel.

Pierre Bonnard said, "There is also submission to the picture."

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Debora L Stewart said...

Really great quotes Casey. I enjoyed reading them. I have never been one for intellectualization when it comes to art. I like to keep it simple and personal. I love those red violets in this piece.

SamArtDog said...

Oh yay, oh yay... Casey quotes!

Hear ye, hear ye... Groucho wins!

And in the world according to Sam,
"Fauvist Forest" is, was and will always be hard to top.

Cmichaudart said...

hmmmmmm, I'm loving the blue, splish splash and quotable.

Ruth Armitage said...

I'm usually a silent reader, but love these quotes and this image. I especially love the Schopenhauer quote and the Fauvist Forest...

Celeste Bergin said...

that is an outstanding painting...such mystery!

Johnnny said...

Thoughtful quotes. Wonderful art. Great post. Henri and André would be proud of you for keeping their movement alive. Watch out for the wild beasts in the fauvist forest. Happy Halloweeny. Thanks, Johnnny

Linda Roth said...

I like your Fauvist woods. Calm and somber. My woods are Pollack, de Kooning--energetic, lively,somber too but the brilliant light in the clearing on the other side shines through the barricade of branches. It is interesting to compare viewpoints. You have an idea. You start a painting. And then the painting takes over and dictates what's next and reveals what your viewpoint really is. Carlin was the best.

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks kindly to everyone commenting and reading. I will reserve comment for now, since I am still letting out the sap from the hole I bored.

Lisa McShane said...

I love that you quote George Dyson! He's a friend here in Bellingham.

Casey Klahn said...

That is cool. Lisa. I always Google the names of quoted individuals I don't know about, and in this case I watched some of a Dyson lecture - but I didn't know he was a local.

Celeste Bergin said...

haha...."sap"...I'm letting mine run out too.

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