Ben Shahn Quotes

Ben Shahn Quotes: I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.
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Ben Shahn Quote: Each artist comes to the painting or sculpture because there he can be told that he, the individual, transcends all classes and flouts all predictions. In the work of art, he finds his uniqueness confirmed.
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Quotes about Ben Shahn: The natural reaction of the artist will be strongly towards bringing man back into focus as the center of importance.
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Quote about Ben Shahn: The artist is likely to be looked upon with some uneasiness by the more conservative members of society.
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Ben Shahn Sayings: If you're going to be an artist, all life is your subject. And all your experience is part of your art. A youngster told me recently that he was going to give himself a year to see if he has talent. A year! It takes a lifetime to see if you have it. Painting is total engagement.
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Ben Shahn Saying: The apprehension of... values is intuitive; but it is not a built-in intuition, not something with which one is born. Intuition in art is actually the result of... prolonged tuition.
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Sayings about Ben Shahn: An ametuer is an artist who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint.
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Saying about Ben Shahn: I confess that Roy [Stryker] was a little bit dictatorial in his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures, which he stopped doing later. He used to punch a hole through a negative. Some of them were incredibly valuable. He didn't understand at the time.
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Ben Shahn Quotes: The values that reside in art are anarchic, they are every man's loves and hates and his momentary divine revelation.
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Ben Shahn Quote: I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all, I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills. I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals, propaganda in general, you know.
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Quotes about Ben Shahn: The artist must operate on the assumption that the public consists in the highest order of individual; that he is civilized, cultured, and highly sensitive both to emotional and intellectual contexts. And while the whole public most certainly does not consist in that sort of individual, still the tendency of art is to create such a public - to lift the level of perceptivity, to increase and enrich the average individual's store of values... I believe that it is in a certain devotion to concepts of truth that we discover values.
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Quote about Ben Shahn: Personal style, be it that of Michelangelo, or that of Tintoretto... has always been that peculiar personal rapport which has developed between an artist and his medium.
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