by Arnie Fenner

Today, a few art-centric quotations…just because I like quotes…

“When I arrived in art school, there were lots of artsy-fartsy guys and girls, mainly guys, going round with paint on their jeans and looking just like artists. And they all had lots to talk about and knew all about every damn paintbrush, and they talked about aesthetics, but they all ended up being art teachers or Sunday painters. I got nothing from art school except for a lot of women, a lot of drink and the freedom to be at college and have fun. I enjoyed it like hell, but for art, I never learned a damn thing.”
—John Lennon

“Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.”
—Pablo Picasso

“We need religion for religion’s sake, morality for morality’s sake, art for art’s sake.”
—Victor Cousin

“Art for art’s sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of the true, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful, that is the faith I am searching for.”
—George Sand (the pseudonym of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, the Baroness Dudevant)

“There’s no such thing as talent.”
—Gregory Manchess

“I don’t take a piss unless I get paid for it.”
—Harlan Ellison®