the idea of novelty above all…has struck in the craw of many serious artists who may go their own way quietly.
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.
Bad art is now studied in the universities, exalted in the media, and is supposed to be politically good for us.
The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand.
What’s under assault right now?’ he asks. ‘How a writer’s intellectual property is distributed, and how their work finds itself in the world, is really under assault. And for so many artists that’s where everything comes from.
The first question anyone or anything should ask is this: ‘What am I in my essential nature and being?’ If he is a true artist, of language or life, he will seek his destiny and grow toward his meaning.
Artists felt alienated from the political scientists and social planners who cannot understand how anyone is able to make anything, particularly a work of art, spontaneously or directly – a primo. He probably also spoke for a more general artistic attitude when he defended the artist’s ability to create simply ” because he has it in him” against the social or political thinker’s desire to rationalize all experience.
Something important is about to happen … as if the wonderful jeunesse (youth) of America were suddenly to retain their idealism and vitality and courage and imagination into adult life.
A bold and clear-headed man who paints as if he understood Euclid, Galileo, and Einstein, and as if his vision included the constellation of Hercules toward which our Sun drifts.
I look around at the art that seems to be most popular right now. It’s a pathetic landscape. Now is not a time to be making pretty pictures.