Clement Greenberg Quotes and Comments
Quotes by art critic Clement Greenberg.
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The making of superior art is arduous, usually.
But under Modernism the appreciation, even more
than the making, of it has become more taxing, the
satisfaction and exhilaration to be gotten from
the best new art more hard-won.
+ The essence of Modernism lies, as I see it, in
the use of characteristic methods of a discipline
to criticize the discipline itself, not in order
to subvert it but in order to entrench it more firmly
in its area of competence.
+ I don't get into "becauses." When you
come into a studio you see a number of works. My
habit is to go to the one I like most. If you start
to say "because" you get into art jargon.
+ You do most of your talking about the works and
try to say why you think Every artist is a law to
himself. There's no method.
+ The trouble with Michelangelo's sculpture is that
it's too slick. He was damned good, but he was too
+ You like it, that's all, whether it's a landscape
or abstract. You like it. It hits you. You don't
have to read it. The work of art-sculpture or painting-forces
+ When you're young and you maybe can't see art,
you're interested in the story.
+ We have differences but we're not made different.
If you don't agree with me, you're wrong.
+ In visual arts, prodigies don't count. In music
and literature, yes, but not in art.
+ As a kid I drew and drew obsessively. I went to
museums, but I wanted the story. I couldn't see
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