15 Wise Quotes Every Artist Should Take To Heart: All from Jerry Saltz

“Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds. They are ecstasy machines.”

“Focus on critics of your own generation. The geezers can’t do much for you.”

“Being critical of art is a way of showing art respect.”

“Hold on and never, ever, think of the market in your studios.”

“There are many, many art worlds. Art contains multitudes.”

“An artist can call whatever they make art. That’s fine with me. [A critic’s] job is to decide if it is good or bad art.”

“My advice, other than making art every free minute of every day, is show up. Go to galleries. Go to openings. Be around other vampires.”

“I am lucky to have seen real, 50,000 year old cave paintings. These are the most powerful images of mammals ever made. In a way, that would make these artists the greatest I have ever seen.”

“Warhol changed the way the world looks and the way we look at the world. That is fucking revolutionary.”

“I said Banksy is a bad artist. In your heart you know I’m right. But I love that we all talked about art together. More, more — but not Banksy, please.”

“Photography is the easiest thing to make, and one of the hardest things to make well.”

“So young artists, come East. We have many, many uniforms for you. Come here, have your nervous breakdowns, get insomnia, and like vampires everywhere, be with as many of your own kind as possible. If you build it, we will watch.”

“Auctions make me sick. I can’t stand them. They’re ruining the art world.”

“Sorry, Louvre, your architecture is stupid, and everyone gets lost there.”

“I think Jay Z is better than Marina [Abramovic]. I’m sorry.”


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