'Art is primarily visual and if you get a visual response first, that's what you need.

If you have to get an intellectual response first, someone has to explain it to you, I say, "well, something's wrong here".  If it doesn't engage you visually then you don't call it visual art.  Call it something else!' Norman Lundin


"What interests me most", Morandi said, "is expressing what's in nature, in the world...Nothing is more abstract than reality."


"...a thing reveals itself only when you try hard to see what it really is." Gustavo Isoe


 'It is very important not to become hard.

The artist must always have

one skin too few in comparison to other people,

so you feel the slightest wind.'


Shusha Guppy, Persian singer, author



When poet Donald Hall met with sculptor Henry Moore, he dared to ask if Moore believed there was a secret to life. The response astonishes:

“The secret of life,” Moore answered without flinching, “is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is – it must be something you cannot possibly do.”


"Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air."
Leonard Bernstein


"Modern art has diversified to the point where it is hard to differentiate between what is art and what is entertainment."

Isoe Tsuyoshi


"Brancusi made me realize that what I had learned previously - the quick way of doing things - was all wrong. It is a search you have to enter - into yourself."

Isamu Noguchi


' consists of its own passing, just as we reach for it.

It's the ephemeral configuration of things in the moment, when you can see both their beauty and their death.'

From 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog', by Muriel Barbery, p 268

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