Artists’ Statements


“Painters must speak through paint, not through words.”

— Hans Hofmann

“Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.”

— Balthus

“I prefer to leave the paintings to speak for themselves.”

— Barnett Newman

“…the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life.”

— Louise Bourgeois 

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

— Bertolt Brecht 

“Art is really a battle.”

— Edgar Degas 

“All art is a revolt against fate.”

— Andre Malraux

“Art is the true task of life.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is an experience not an object.”

— Robert Motherwell 

“The work of art is a stuffed crocodile.”

— Alfred Jarry

“Art is a byproduct of an act of total attention.”

— Dorothea Lange

“…the very essence of art: the undoing of the world of things, the construction of the world of values, and hence the constitution of a new world.”

— Max Raphael 

“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

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Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber.