Friday, February 29, 2008

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
Salvador Dali

Marcel again

"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste"
Marcel Duchamp

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Famous last words

Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.
Pancho Villa

Die my dear Doctor? That's the last thing I shall do!
Henry John Temple Palmerston

They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.
general John Sedgwick, killed by a Confederate sharp-shooter

Karl Marx said that last words are for fools who haven't said enough. I guess these guys proved he was wrong, what do you think?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Henri Matisse

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Paul Klee


Je crois à la chance. C'est la seule explication pour le succès des gens
qui nous sont antipathiques.
I believe in luck. That is the only way to explain the success of those we don't like.
Jean Cocteau

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their
-Marc Chagall

Desecrated urinal

Pierre Pinoncelli became famous with his successful attacks on two of the eight copies of Duchamp's Fountain with a hammer as a statement that the work by now had lost its provocative value. The latest attack happened in 1993 when he also urinated into it before using the hammer.
Pinoncelli said that he actually talked with Duchamp about this before his attacks. " I told him of my plan to destroy the urinal. He laughed and encouraged me."

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The verdict of the spectator

...The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world...
arcel Duchamp

If this is true, without the almighty spectator the process of creation cannot be finished.
So artists, all you can do is to do your part of the job well, and hope...
Maybe you'll get lucky like the Leonardo guy, he sure did a great job.

Ecrire,c'est une façon de parler sans être interrompu.
Writing, it is a way of talking without being interrupted.
Jules Renard

(One of the advantages of blogging)

Monday, February 18, 2008

The beginning..

Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
Sidney J. Harris

I guess this quote is a good way to start a blog, and all i can say is that i will try not to be that amusingly arrogant.
The plan is: i will post all kinds of stuff here in order to start a discussion. If you people find this stuff exciting, intelligent, and impressive enough to post a comment i will post more and more...
If not, never mind, it is worth a try anyway.
Let's get things started.