„The free artist creates without a commission.“

—  Hans-Georg Gadamer, buch Wahrheit und Methode

Quelle: Truth and Method (1960), p. 76
Kontext: The free artist creates without a commission. He seems distinguished by the complete independence of his creativity and thus acquires the characteristic social features of an outsider whose style of life cannot be measured by the standards of public morality. The concept of the bohemian which arose in the nineteenth century reflects this process. The home of the Gypsies became the generic word for the artist's way of life.
But at the same time the artist, who is as "free as a bird or a fish," bears the burden of a vocation that makes him an ambiguous figure. For a cultured society that has fallen away from its religious traditions expects more from art than the aesthetic consciousness and the "standpoint of art" can deliver. The Romantic desire for a new mythology... gives the artist and his task in the world the consciousness of a new consecration. He is something like a "secular saviour' for his creations are expected to achieve on a small scale the propitiation of disaster for which an unsaved world hopes.

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deutscher Philosoph 1900 - 2002

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„The artist creates his own elite, and the elite its own artists.“

—  E.H. Gombrich

Quelle: Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

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„The beauty other people create is not for the artists. Artists have to live alone.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

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„All authentic art is conceived at a sacred moment and nourished in a blessed hour; an inner impulse creates it, often without the artist being aware of it.“

—  Caspar David Friedrich Swedish painter 1774 - 1840

Quote in 'Culture: Caspar D. Friedrich and the Wasteland', by Gjermund E. Jansen in Bits of News (3 March 2005) http://www.bitsofnews.com/content/view/154/42/
Variant translation: The heart is the only true source of art, the language of a pure, child-like soul. Any creation not sprung from this origin can only be artifice. Every true work of art is conceived in a hallowed hour and born in a happy one, from an impulse in the artist's heart, often without his knowledge. (as quoted in the article 'Caspar David Friedrich's Medieval Burials', Karl Whittington - http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org/spring12/whittington-on-caspar-david-friedrichs-medieval-burials)
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Kontext: The pure, frank sentiments we hold in our hearts are the only truthful sources of art. A painting which does not take its inspiration from the heart is nothing more than futile juggling. All authentic art is conceived at a sacred moment and nourished in a blessed hour; an inner impulse creates it, often without the artist being aware of it.

Stéphane Mallarmé Foto

„It is in front of the paper that the artist creates himself.“

—  Stéphane Mallarmé French Symbolist poet 1842 - 1898

Letter to Eugène Lefébure (February 1865), published in Selected Letters of Stéphane Mallarmé (1988), p. 48.
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Romain Rolland Foto

„It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails.“

—  Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944

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Jean-Christophe (1904 - 1912), Jean-Christophe à Paris: The Market-Place (1908)

Julie Taymor Foto

„The appeal of puppetry to me is it's much more freeing for an artist“

—  Julie Taymor American film and theatre director 1952

As quoted in "New York at Work; Puppeteer Creates Shows for Grown-Ups" by N. R. Kleinfield The New York Times (2 July 1991) http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/02/nyregion/new-york-at-work-puppeteer-creates-shows-for-grown-ups.html
Kontext: We have a ways to go in understanding the power of puppetry … Our problem is for too long we have thought of puppets being for children. … The appeal of puppetry to me is it's much more freeing for an artist … Puppetry is a completely controllable means to attack your characters in every possible way. The artist has the possibility to create a much larger landscape with puppetry. The human becomes more human in that sense. Another of the great things about puppetry is the ability to transform.

Lawrence Lessig Foto

„A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid. A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom. Anarchy is not what I advance here. Instead, the free culture that I defend in this book is a balance between anarchy and control.“

—  Lawrence Lessig, buch Free Culture

Free Culture (2004)
Kontext: A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now. Like Stallman's arguments for free software, an argument for free culture stumbles on a confusion that is hard to avoid, and even harder to understand. A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid. A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom. Anarchy is not what I advance here. Instead, the free culture that I defend in this book is a balance between anarchy and control. A free culture, like a free market, is filled with property. It is filled with rules of property and contract that get enforced by the state. But just as a free market is perverted if its property becomes feudal, so too can a free culture be queered by extremism in the property rights that define it. That is what I fear about our culture today. It is against that extremism that this book is written.

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„But an artist, he realized. Or rather so-called artist. Bohemian. That’s closer to it. The artistic life without the talent.“

—  Philip K. Dick, buch The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Quelle: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), Chapter 10 (p. 168)

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Foto

„As an artist, you should not wish to create what you don’t feel you have to create.“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916

Künstler, was du nicht schaffen mußt, das darfst du nicht schaffen wollen.
Quelle: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 21.

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„These critics with the illusions they've created about artists — it's like idol worship.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

Associated Press via The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/08/lost-john-lennon-interview-30-years-after-death_n_793700.html
Rolling Stone interview (1980)
Kontext: These critics with the illusions they've created about artists — it's like idol worship. They only like people when they're on their way up … I cannot be on the way up again. … What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I'm not interesting in being a dead (expletive) hero. … So forget 'em, forget 'em.

Marshall McLuhan Foto

„The role of the artist is to create an Anti-environment as a means of perception and adjustment.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

Quelle: 1990s and beyond, The Book of Probes : Marshall McLuhan (2011), p. 31

Prevale Foto

„The real DJ is an artist and as such creates art. Something unique, which can not be recreated.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

From the Aphorisms http://www.prevale.net/aphorisms.html page of the official website of Prevale
Original: Il vero DJ è un artista e come tale crea arte. Qualcosa di unico, che non si può ricreare.

Emile Zola Foto

„The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.“

—  Emile Zola French writer (1840-1902) 1840 - 1902

As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing‎ (2006) by Larry Chang , p. 55.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel Foto

„The artist should have as little desire to rule as to serve. He can only create, do nothing but create, and so help the state only by … exalting politicians and economists into artists.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Der Künstler darf eben so wenig herrschen als dienen wollen. 15 Er kann nur bilden, nichts als bilden, für den Staat also nur das thun, dass er Herrscher und Diener bilde, dass er Politiker und Oekonomen zu Künstlern erhebe.
“Ideas,” Lucinde and the Fragments, P. Firchow, trans. (1991), § 54

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