Art is not ideology. It is completely impossible to explain art on the basis of the homological relation that it is supposed to maintain with the real of history. The aesthetic process decentres the specular relation with which ideology perpetuates its closed infinity. The aesthetic effect is certainly imaginary; but this imaginary is not the reflection of the real, since it is the real of this reflection.
Art is not in some far-off place.
Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability.
Art is not in the ...eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.
Art is not journalism. In art, you don't make it to convey a message.
Art is not just about revealing beauty, it can also be used to reveal truth.
Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions, and buy records by the billions. 'We the people' affect the making and quality of most of our culture, but not our art.
Art is not living. It is the use of living.
Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love -- to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.
Art is not only about angst.
Art is not politics. The glory of the novel is that in its essence, it is a democratic form, because it treats individuals as worthy of scrutiny. That alone is a kind of political act. A good novel about a tea party of rich women can be just as galvanizing and important to the soul as War and Peace, so I think it's not really the job of artists to do anything. They can have their opinions as private citizens, but they must continue making their art.
Art is not predictable. Art is not golf, as great as that may be. There are 360 degrees of choice to make.
Art is not religion, 'it doesn't even lead to religion.' But in the time of distress which is ours, the time when the gods are missing, the time of absence and exile, art is justified, for it is the intimacy of this distress: the effort to make manifest, through the image, the error of the imaginary, and eventually the ungraspable, forgotten truth which hides behind the error.
Art is not some inessential frippery -- it is the nation's means of intelligently regarding itself. To cripple or stigmatize the arts is to doom one's nation to a life of incuriosity, dullness, literalness and the worst kind of rank materialism.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Art is not the kind of thing where you get what you put into it all the time. So I learned to not expect anything other than the sort of joy of having a poem in front of me.
Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality.
Art is not there simply to be understood. ... It is more the sense of an indication or suggestion.
Art is not to do with the practical side of making a living. It's to live a fuller human life.