“Art is difficult. It’s not entertainment”

Anselm Kiefer

“The canvases exhibit, beautifully and horribly, painting. Painting erases and replaces the symptom with paint. Built up on the canvas like sores, blisters and tumours erupting on the skin, oil-based pigments exhibit the incremental formation of images as if they were signs of an underlying pathology. . . . Painted, the symptom (the image) becomes the sickness itself. Photographs, film and television cannot show this.”

Joseph Leo Koerner

“I almost always associate colours, form and consistencies with sounds and vice versa also associate all acoustic sensations with form, colour and material properties. Even abstract terms such as quantity, relationships, coherences and processes appear to me to be sensualised and have their place in an imaginary space.”

György Ligeti

“Mucho más importante que hacer cuadros es aprender a mirar. A ver, por ejemplo, la consistencia de las hojas, de los materiales, del contraluz. Conocer lo que es un pasaje, una pantalla. Saber, por ejemplo, que la sombra es una cosa infinita hacia adentro, profunda, que no tiene cuerpo, un suceso peligroso, de evasión, de oscuridad. En cambio, que la luz tiene cuerpo, es hacia afuera, es un acontecimiento positivo.”

Adolfo Couve

“Theory has nothing to do with a work of art. Pictures which are interpretable, and which contain a meaning, are bad pictures. A picture presents itself as the Unmanageable, the Illogical, the Meaningless. It demonstrates the endless multiplicity of aspects; it takes away our certainty, because it deprives a thing of its meaning and its name. It shows us the thing in all the manifold significance and infinite variety that preclude the emergence of any single meaning and view.”

Gerhard Richter

“If you can talk about it, why paint it?”

Francis Bacon

“I think of the painted picture as an embodiment of the very problem that we face with the notion “reality.” The problem or question is, which reality?”

Mark Tansey