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Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.

Author: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969)

Profession: German Philosopher, Sociologist, Music Critic

Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.

Author: A. Alvarez (1929)

Profession: British Critic, Poet, Novelist

Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.

Author: Lindsay Anderson (1923)

Profession: British Film Director

Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.

Author: Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

Profession: Italian-born French Poet, Critic

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.

Author: Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

Profession: Italian-born French Poet, Critic

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.

Author: Jean Arp (1887-1948)

Profession: French-German Artist, Poet

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future.

Author: J. G. Ballard (1930)

Profession: British Author

The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious.

Author: Lester Bangs (1948-1982)

Profession: American Rock Journalist

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.

Author: Daniel Barenboim (1942)

Profession: Argentinean-born Israeli Pianist, Conductor

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure

Author: Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948)

Profession: Soviet Dancer, Actor

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.

Author: Jacques Barzun (1907)

Profession: American Scholar

A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

As the twentieth century ends, commerce and culture are coming closer together. The distinction between life and art has been eroded by fifty years of enhanced communications, ever-improving reproduction technologies and increasing wealth.

Author: Stephen Bayley (1951)

Profession: British Design Critic