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Art is in the mind, say its protectors, not in the crotch. Is this sanitizing of art truth or compulsive hand washing?
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I am an American artist, and I have no guilt.
All contents of consciousness are ineffable. Even the simplest sensation is, in its totality, indescribable. Every work of art, therefore, needs to be understood not only as something rendered, but also as a certain handling of the ineffable. In the greatest art, one is always aware of things that cannot be said, of the contradiction between expression and the presence of the inexpressible. Stylistic devices are also techniques of avoidance. The most potent elements in a work of art are, often, its silences.
Susan Sontag, ‘On Style’, in Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966)
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The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.
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I challenge any art lover to love a canvas as much as a fetishist loves a shoe.
For the function of art is never to illustrate a truth—or even an interrogation—known in advance, but to bring into the world certain interrogations (and also, perhaps in time, certain answers) not yet known as such to themselves.
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