Famous quotes by Sculptors


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"Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it"
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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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"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave"
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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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"You have to make thousands and thousands of drawings before an illustration is perfected"
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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"There is a connection between me and the collectors, and as admirers of the work they tell me about the differences the pieces are able to make in their lives on a daily basis"
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"There are very few people who do what I do"
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"My goal is to make fine art, and fine art comes from the soul. If you have virtuosity and facility, you can take and create something of significance"
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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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"Boundaries are actually the main factor in space, just as the present, another boundary, is the main factor in time"
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"I was headed in the wrong direction. I didn't think I'd make it to 21. My Uncle Chuck saved my life. He was a graphic designer, and he gave me my first sketchbook. In the front, he wrote, 'Wear it like your underwear.'"
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"China is important to the world in that they are a force and on the move. Exposing them to figurative art opens up a potential for artistic expression far greater than anyone would ever have dreamed possible until today. It is this very spirit of the struggle and determination to triumph that inspires creative expression"
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"The hand has the richest articulation of space"
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