Sister Wendy Beckett Art Quotes - born 1930
Art Quotations by Sister Wendy Beckett.
Famous South African born British Nun, art lover
and art commentator.
Famous works include : Many popular art books, including
"Sister Wendy's Impressionist Masterpieces"
2001, "Sister Wendy's American Collection"
2000, and "The Story of Painting" 1994.
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+ My struggle is to put this into words. People
who go to the museum are not asked, lucky them,
to hold forth about these works. My struggle has
been to let them know there is something there to
respond to and for them to respond to.
+ One of the wonderful things about a museum is
how you're jolted into confronting art from strange
and wonderful civilizations and you look and learn
and expand your horizons.
+ Americans are the most educated people in the
world artistically. Every museum has a devoted following
who not only go to the museum but think about what
they've seen, who can speak about the works in their
+ You have to expend time and energy. If you don't
want to do that, you can still get a lot of enlightenment
and entertainment by just wandering around, but
you'll never get the deep spiritual nourishment.
(on how to see art)
+ The United States, the land of the free, is particularly
rich in museums. That is appropriate, because museums
are a means to freedom.
+ The intricacies of theology are not usually what
concerns the artist. They're concerned with the
big, beautiful fundamentals, and there I have never
had any problem. In fact, anybody who has a narrow
sense of their religion, whether they're Jew or
Christian or Muslim or whatever, has only to look
long and intelligently at the great work of another
tradition and they will see what the religions have