The minkukel database includes a collection of quotes and proverbs about art and modern art. Enjoy!
... if there happens to be an abandoned air compressor nearby, it should have a sign that says: "Notice! This is not art!" so the public does not waste time enjoying the wrong thing.Dave Barry
A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. One modern painting caught her eye. "What on earth," she inquired of the artist standing nearby, "is that?"
He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."
"Well, then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?"
A painter's got a canvas. The writer's got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.Keith Richards
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.Edmond de Goncourt
Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.Al Capp
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.Paul Valery
Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.Edith Wharton
Anyway, in the corner of one container there was a ratty old collapsed armchair - worn, dirty, leaking stuffing, possibly housing active vermin colonies. I asked the gallery person if the chair was art, and she said yes, it was a work titled "Chair." I asked her what role the artist had played in creating "Chair." She said: "He found it."Dave Barry
Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends.Aristotle
Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.Barbra Streisand
Art has no enemy except ignorance.?
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.?
Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.Andre Gide
Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.Jean Cocteau
Art is a product of an artist. Modern art is a product of a self-proclaimed artist.Minkukel
Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.Jean Paul
Art is long, life is short.
Art is the daughter of freedom.Friedrich Schiller
Art is to look at not to criticize.Edgar Allan Poe
Art is to look at. Modern art is to talk about.Minkukel
Art is unconditional.?
Art sometimes is as simple as nothing, and other times as mysterious as nature or a woman.Jeet Aulakh
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?Ludwig van Beethoven
Art's whatever you choose to frame.Fleur Adcock
As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.John Lubbock
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.(No everybody has the same taste.)
Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.Anatoly Karpov
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.Claude Monet
Coloring outside the lines is a fine art.Kim Nance
Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.Pablo Picasso
Competitions are for horse, not artist.Bela Bartok
Creativity takes courage.Henri Matisse
Did you hear about the two little boys who found themselves in a modern art gallery by mistake?-"Quick," said one, "Run ! Before they say we did it!"
Every artist was first an amateur.Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.Pablo Picasso
God and other artists are always a little obscure.Oscar Wilde
Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to everyone.Leo Tolstoy
Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.Salvador Dali
I can't criticize what I don't understand. If you want to call this art, you've got the benefit of all my doubts.Charles Rosin
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.Vincent Van Gogh
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.Vincent Van Gogh
It's easy to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it's a painting. If you can walk around it, it's a sculpture.
Maybe the actual painting is on the other side.Dave Barry
Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn't.Craig Damrauer
Modern art is a joke!?
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.John Ciardi
Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.Freddie Mercury
Moonlight is sculpture.Nathaniel Hawthorne
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven.Walter Savage Landor
Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom.Thomas Carlyle
Nice frame!Mr. Bean
Bean (movie 1997)
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.Edgar Degas
People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.Bill Watterson
Poetry is a sliver of the moon lost in the belly of a golden frog.Carl Sandburg
Public Art, defined as "art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money."Dave Barry
Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.Henry Moore
Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.Philip James Bailey
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Leonardo da Vinci
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.Tom Stoppard
That's not a trash bag -- it's art!Dave Barry
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.Eugene Delacroix
The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages and maths all have equal and central contributions to make to a student's education.Ken Robinson
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.Friedrich Nietzsche
The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.Paul Gauguin
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.Vincent van Gogh
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.Michelangelo
There is no blue without yellow and without orange.Vincent Van Gogh
To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.Octavio Paz
What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.Augustus Saint-Gaudens
When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.William Blake
Why is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.Fernando Pessoa
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.Stanley Horowitz
Writing a tune is like sculpting. You get four or five notes, you get one out and move one around, and you do a bit more and eventually, as the sculptor says, 'In that rock there is a statue, we have to go find it'.John Williams.
You can be creative in anything - in math, science, engineering, philosophy - as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.Ken Robinson