We need to remind ourselves that contemporary art is, first of all, a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don’t understand.
It seems that people actually want to be shocked; they are searching for an explosive fashion, for things that leave them open-mouthed.
Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
If I don’t get to practice, work on my embouchure and scales, then I can’t play correctly, and if I can’t play correctly, I can’t work out my ideas, and if I can’t work out my ideas, then I go crazy.
Everything else is trying to sell you something else. Art is trying to sell you yourself. That’s what is different about it.
I wasn’t so interested in being paid. I wanted to be heard. That’s why I’m broke.
I’m an atheist, but I believe in art. I go to galleries like my mother went to church. It helps me to understand the way I live.
I don’t use celebrities in my campaigns or fashion shows. I want people to buy my clothes simply because they like them, not because of an association.
What strikes me, surveying the history of creativity, is how little fertile and productive people often received in the way of honors, money, or anything else.
Modern Art is merely the means by which we terrorize ourselves.