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JasonGillespie 01-22-2007 12:17 AM

Favorite Sculpture Quote
I recently came across a gem of a site and a quote that has become my new favorite about this art form of ours.

Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump.
Auguste Rodin
I was wondering if other members had any favorite remarks by artists past or present pertaining to sculpture. Post them if you've got them.

The site I found is:

ironman 01-22-2007 11:23 AM

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Hi Jason, That's a beaut!

"Everything imagined is reality, the mind cannot conceive of unreal things!"
David Smith.

Have a great day,

GlennT 01-22-2007 11:33 AM

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This is a paraphrase of a quote, I think by John Singer Sargent;

" A portrait is a face with a smile that isn't quite right"

Darkcloud 01-22-2007 03:34 PM

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Too much mud!... Amadeo Modigliani's reaction to Rodin's influence as quoted by Jacques Lipchitz... The only way to save sculpture was to start carving again, direct carving in stone... Modigliani was working on an ensamble of limestone sculptures at that time...

evaldart 01-22-2007 10:25 PM

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" Take something and do something to it. Then do something else to it. " Jasper Johns

GlennT 01-23-2007 09:38 AM

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" I have found true art to be at one with true religion " Richard Wagner

" That thing which I understand by real art is the expression by man of his pleasure in labor......especialy is this so when he is at work at anything in which he specially excels. " William Morris

" Oh, when will man again his lax loins gird?
When will he leave soft Circe and her sty
Or learn to labor without looking down?
Thou, thou my country-in a dream I heard
It was thy sons would dare the old sweet sky
And bring back beauty for the earth to crown. "
Wendell Phillips Stafford

sculptor 01-23-2007 01:50 PM

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"You're blocking my light!"

JamesW 01-27-2007 04:03 PM

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'The artist as an overspecialised aesthetic object maker has been anachronistic for a long time already.' Miwon Kwon

Tired Iron 01-27-2007 09:06 PM

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"If selling a piece is painful, keep adding zeros to the end of the price till it isn't painful to part with it."

Stephen Chambers

fused 01-28-2007 02:01 AM

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"To see far is one thing, going there is another."
"Nothing grows in the shadow of a great tree."... Constantin Brancusi
I have seen this response to Rodin in many forms over the years.

"Talking about art is like french kissing on a telephone." ... Terry Allen

"You can be in my dream, if I can be in yours." ... Bob Dylan

Julianna 01-28-2007 07:12 AM

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Originally Posted by sculptor
"You're blocking my light!"

I think that's my new favourite!

evaldart 02-06-2007 02:00 PM

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"Art, for the most part, is about concentration, solitude, and determination. Its really not about other peoples needs and assumptions. I'm not interested in the notion that art serves something. Art is useless, not useful."
Richard Serra

Aaron Schroeder 02-08-2007 12:18 AM

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" Well it might not be right but it sure is late ".


" Cheap, Fast, Good, Pick Two ".

PAULHT 02-18-2007 01:35 AM

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My 2 favourites
"Sculptors aren't stupid like Painters"- Marcel Duchamp
"The important thing is not to look but to see"- Rodin

circeart 02-18-2007 07:59 AM

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circeart 02-19-2007 04:21 AM

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Oh, this has to be my least favorite quote. Some wiseguy once said to me after asking me what I did for a living, "Oh I know, you make those dust collectors my wife clutters our house with!".........(Ouch!) :eek: :mad:

evaldart 04-30-2007 02:18 PM

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In my painting studio about twenty years ago in Houston Texas a very underknown painter by the name of Ron Hoover put forth the best advice to me I had ever heard. I think of these words everyday: "Take it and go!" (pronounced in a barely decipherable Texas drawl, "Takeet'n'go!"

cooljamesx1 04-30-2007 05:51 PM

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If anyone has read joseph conrad's preface to Nigger of Narcissus, it is one of my favorite peices of litterature about art. :cool:

Alfred 04-30-2007 09:51 PM

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"One who loves a statue loves not the clay, not the plaster or the bronze, but the achievement of the sculptors mind." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"I've seen much finer women, ripe and real, than all the nonsence of their stone ideal." - Lord Byron

"Without freedom, No art; Art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others." - Albert Camus

"An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye."
- Michelangelo

My proffesor always added to the Michelangelo quote by saying "... but only after he's learned to carry them in the hand."

These are just some of my favorites.

Cantab 05-01-2007 04:35 AM

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In Carrara, Italy, the sculptor Boutros Romhein can be heard shouting at his studio, day after day, 'Lavolare!, Lavolare!'. That's 'Work! Work!'

desertrock 05-01-2007 11:37 AM

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"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. "
Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is no substitute for feeling the stone, the metal, the plaster, or the wood in the hand; to feel its weight; to feel its texture; to struggle with it in the world rather than in the mind alone." (William M. Dupree)

"Within every block of wood and stone, there dwells a spirit, waiting to be released." (Hap Hagood)

"Where the material ends, art begins." (Etienne Hajdu)

"A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things." (Henry Moore)


StevenW 05-01-2007 12:48 PM

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If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo

jim 05-01-2007 08:31 PM

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One eye sees, the other feels!

Paul klee

vince99 05-01-2007 09:03 PM

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The one and only!

Should we stop these bickering?


oscar 05-02-2007 05:46 PM

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I think it was Cezanne who said, "sculpture is what you back into when viewing a painting".

From my father, "cut it twice and it's still too short".
To this day I can't work with wood. I work in the land of almost, steel. An almost fit is a perfect fit! Just slap in the weld!

Andy Warhol said this or something like this, "if you can't make it quick, don't make it".
So many people put so much time into their work and never get compensated for it. Course quick is extremely relative.

"A job is the artist's worst enemy".

"Make it big and paint it red."

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