Famous quotes by Sculptors


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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it"
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"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave"
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"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit"
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"To see far is one thing, going there is another"
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"So, in other words, how you respond to a sculpture, how a viewer sees the sculpture, is vital"
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"In my work, I have never had any use for anything that I have known in advance"
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"You have to make thousands and thousands of drawings before an illustration is perfected"
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"Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them"
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"Architecture is inhabited sculpture"
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"They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things"
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"Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them"
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"There hasn't been any art yet. Art is just beginning"
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"Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things"
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"What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface"
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"Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action"
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"But I don't think that sculpture belongs in everyday life like a table does, or like a chair"
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"Early One Morning takes time and, I mean, all things like that I felt were very important"
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"Boundaries are actually the main factor in space, just as the present, another boundary, is the main factor in time"
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"Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness: the work"
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"Whatever I know how to do, I've already done. Therefore I must always do what I do not know how to do"
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"What comes from oneself, is nearly from no one. There is only me as a link"
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"Nobody can teach what is inside a person; it has to be discovered for oneself and a way must be found to express it"
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"To look is one thing, to see is another thing; to see is very difficult, normally; to look is to try to see. I have looked and I hope I have seen"
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"One can never know enough. The unknown and its call lies even in what we know"
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"The hand has the richest articulation of space"
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"I've had over a dozen models come in and pose fro me live for these new Cirque pieces. Cirque is a world-wide phenomenon and they are just incredible athletes. I've been to all the performances and am really fascinated by all of their productions"
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"I'm also interested in creating a lasting legacy for collectors because bronze will last for thousands of years so I'm not really selling the art to this particular collector but it is being passed on"
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"I'm always looking for the next challenge"
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"I was tired of illustration. You'd work so hard on a commission and it would go in to a magazine, and you'd turn the page and it was gone"
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"Charity work is very important to me and gives me an opportunity to give back to my community. I've always been a big supporter of many different charities, have donated millions of dollars to them, and it just feels great to do and be able to help others, especially children"
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