If you jump, you might fall on the wrong side of the rope.
But if you’re not willing to take the risk of breaking your neck, what good is it? You don’t jump at all. You have to wake people up. To revolutionise their way of identifying things.
(As quoted by Kahnweiler, The Rise of Cubism, in Mailer, Norman. (1995), Portrait of Picasso a young man. (Preface) London. Little, Brown and Company.
Gilbert and George:
Art without provocation does not exist.
BBC Fast Track interview in Zagreb 18 June 2010
‘a rose is a rose is a rose’
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Penguin 1966 pg 150
An artist affords themselves the luxury of entering dialogue with themselves about a whole series of pre-occupations, in the hope that if one does that deeply enough it’ll have a resonance with the viewer.
CNN interview accessed 2010/06/09 CNN.com
An art work’s claim to truth lies in fixing a lived moment in time through an artist’s mark-making, which is an expression of his hand, eye and mind, and of his era.
Financial Times Weekend 3 / 4 July 2010, Life and Arts, Immaculate deception, page 13.
What does Art do for us? It gives shape to our emotions, makes them visible and, in so doing, places the seal of eternity upon them …
The Elegance of Hedgehogs, Europa Editions, 2009, pg 203
The object of art is to give life shape.
As quoted by Charlie Rose, Bloomberg, 21.07.10
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