quotes about art, architecture and other important things

a collection of quotes that I gathered over the years through my reading.  I don't necessarily agree with all of the ideas and opinions expressed herein but those that either provoked thought or tickled were included.

July 2014 - Page 2 of 2 - studio of Glenn Williams Architect NCARB

on modernism

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“What we sense to be modern in American architecture is to the American architect an expression of adverse forces, which he calls the contractor and the budget.” – – R. M. Schindler [1887-1953] Austrian born American architect

Rudolf Michael Schindler

Rudolf Michael Schindler

“You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.” – – Charles, Prince of Wales [b. 1948]

Charles Philip Arthur George

Charles Philip Arthur George

“In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.” – – Nancy Banks-Smith [b. 1929] British television and radio critic

Nancy Banks-Smith (declined the OBE)

Nancy Banks-Smith (declined the OBE)

“Today is a process of transition which separates itself from yesterday in order to go toward tomorrow.  He who understands, it, in this way, has the right to consider himself a modern.” – – Carl Jung [1875-1961] Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist

Carl Gustav Jung

Carl Gustav Jung

“The new art is a worldwide fact.  For about twenty years now the most alert young people of two successive generations – in Berlin, Paris, London, New York, Rome, Madrid – have found themselves faced with the undeniable fact that they have no use for traditional art; moreover, that they detest it.  With these young people one can do one of two things: shoot them, or try to understand them.  As soon as one decides in favor of the latter it appears that they are endowed with a perfectly clear, coherent, and rational sense of art.  Far from being a whim, their way of feeling represents the inevitable and fruitful result of all previous artistic achievement.  Whimsical, arbitrary, and consequently unprofitable it would be to set oneself against the new style and obstinately remain shut up in old forms that are exhausted and the worse for wear.  In art, as in morals, what ought to be done does not depend on our personal judgment; we have to accept the imperative imposed by the time.  Obedience to the order of the day is the most hopeful choice open to the individual.  Even so he may achieve nothing; but he is much more likely to fail if he insists on composing another Wagnerian opera, another naturalistic novel.” – – José Ortega y Gasset [1883-1955] Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist

José Ortega y Gasset

José Ortega y Gasset

“Architects, painters, and sculptors must recognize anew and learn to grasp the composite character of a building both as an entity and in its separate parts. Only then will their work be imbued with the architectonic spirit which it has lost as “salon art.” . . . Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward heaven from the hands of a million workers like the crystal symbol of a new faith.” — Walter Gropius [1883–1969] German American architect.

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius

 

when do we eat?

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“An artist without ideas is a mendicant; barren, he goes begging among the hours.” – –  from The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone [1903-1989] American writer

Irving (Tannenbaum) Stone

Irving (Tannenbaum) Stone

“An artist is never poor.” – –  the character Babette speaking to the sisters Martina and Phillipa in the film Babette’s Feast

Stéphane Audran portraying Babette

Stéphane Audran portraying Babette

that’s genius!

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“Execution is the chariot of genius.” – – William Blake [1757-1827] English painter, poet and printmaker

William Blake

William Blake

“Genius is staying up in the air longer than anyone else.” – – Vaslav Nijinsky [1889-1950] Polish ballet dancer and choreographer

Vaslav Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky

“What moves men of genius, or rather, what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” – – Eugene Delacroix [1798-1863] French Romantic artist

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix

“In order to feel that the epoch we are fashioning with our hands today will go beyond the poverty of the purely functional, it is necessary to be a genius or to be young.” – – Sigfried Giedion [1888-1968] Bohemian Swiss architect, critic and writer

Sigfried Giedion

Sigfried Giedion