„The present painter can be said to work with chaos not only in the sense that he is handling the chaos of the blank picture plane, but also in that he is handling the chaos of form. In trying to go beyond the visible and the known world he is working with forms that are unknown even to him. He is therefore engaged in a true act of discovery in the creation of new forms and symbols that will have the living quality of creation.“

Quelle: 1940 - 1950, The Plasmic Image 2. 1943-1945, p. 125

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Barnett Newman
US-amerikanischer Maler und Bildhauer 1905 - 1970

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„I believe, as Lenin said, that this revolutionary chaos may yet crystallize into new forms of life.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931

As quoted in The Times [London] (18 May 1990)
1990s

„The only consolation he drew from the present chaos was that his theory managed to explain it.“

—  Thomas Pynchon, buch V.

Quelle: V. (1963), Chapter Seven, Part VII
Kontext: He had decided long ago that no Situation had any objective reality: it only existed in the minds of those who happened to be in on it at any specific moment. Since these several minds tended to form a sum total or complex more mongrel than homogeneous, The Situation must necessarily appear to a single observer much like a diagram in four dimensions to an eye conditioned to seeing the world in only three. Hence the success or failure of any diplomatic issue must vary directly with the degree of rapport achieved by the team confronting it. This had led to the near obsession with teamwork which had inspired his colleagues to dub him Soft-show Sydney, on the assumption that he was at his best working in front of a chorus line.
But it was a neat theory, and he was in love with it. The only consolation he drew from the present chaos was that his theory managed to explain it.

„All artists whether primitive or sophisticated, have been involved in the handling of chaos.“

—  Barnett Newman American artist 1905 - 1970

Quelle: 1940 - 1950, The Plasmic Image 1. 1943-1945, p. 139

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„The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.“

—  Hayao Miyazaki Japanese animator, film director, and mangaka 1941

Variante: The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.

Max Beckmann Foto

„Learn by heart the forms to be found in nature, so that you can use them like the notes in a musical composition. That is what these forms are for. Nature is a marvelous chaos, and it is our job and our duty to bring order into that chaos and – to perfect it.“

—  Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950

Beckmann's lecture 'Drei Briefe an eine Malerin' ('Three letters to a Woman-painter'), New York and Boston, Spring 1948; as cited in Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, p. 214
1940s

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„My intention: healthy chaos, healthy amorphousness in a known medium which consciously warmed a cold, torpid form from the past, a convention of society, and which makes possible future forms.“

—  Joseph Beuys German visual artist 1921 - 1986

Quote of Donald Kuspit, The Cult of the Avant-garde Artist, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993, p. 93
Quotes after 1984, posthumous published

„Art is the creation of forms symbolic of human feeling.“

—  Susanne K. Langer American philosopher 1895 - 1985

Quelle: Feeling and Form (1953), Ch. 3, p. 40

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„Something appears midway between order and chaos, these forms, these expressions occupy a middle position.“

—  Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006

1973 - from CF,35; p. 67
Karel Appel, a gesture of colour' (1992/2009)

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„We cannot live, as someone has said, in the contemplation of chaos, but neither can we live without an awareness of chaos, and the means through which we achieve that awareness, and through which we assert our humanity most significantly against it, is in great art. In our time the most articulate art form for defining ourselves and for asserting our humanity is the novel. Certainly it is our most rational art form for dealing with the irrational.“

—  Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994

"Society, Morality and the Novel" (1957), in The Collected Essays, ed. John F. Callahan (New York: Modern Library, 1995), pp. 699-700.
Kontext: Perhaps the novel evolved in order to deal with man's growing awareness that behind the facade of social organisations, manners, customs, myths, rituals and religions of the post-Christian era lies chaos. Man knows, despite the certainties which it is the psychological function of his social institutions to give him, that he did not create the universe, and that the universe is not at all concerned with human values. Man knows that even in this day of marvelous technology and the tenuous subjugation of the atom, that nature can crush him, and that at the boundaries of human order the arts and the instruments of technology are hardly more than magic objects which serve to aid us in our ceaseless quest for certainty. We cannot live, as someone has said, in the contemplation of chaos, but neither can we live without an awareness of chaos, and the means through which we achieve that awareness, and through which we assert our humanity most significantly against it, is in great art. In our time the most articulate art form for defining ourselves and for asserting our humanity is the novel. Certainly it is our most rational art form for dealing with the irrational.

Theodor Mommsen Foto

„Mankind have infinite difficulty in reaching new creations, and therefore cherish the once developed forms as sacred heirlooms.“

—  Theodor Mommsen German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist and writer 1817 - 1903

Vol. 4. Part 2. Translated by W.P. Dickson
The History of Rome - Volume 4: Part 2

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„A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory.“

—  Leonard Cohen, buch Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers (1966)
Kontext: What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.

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