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“Art has no meaning because it has many meanings, infinite meanings. Art is different for every individual, and is definable only by the given individual.”

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“Art is for everybody.”

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“Art is more important than life because it is immortal.”

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“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”

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“Good and evil are very hard to explain or understand. I'm sure that evil exists, but it is hard to isolate. Good and evil are intertwined and impossible to separate. They are not completely opposites and in fact are often one and the same.”

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“I always have realized that I enjoy to read (and have learned many things from) the biographies of artists whom I admire. It is probably my main source of education.”

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“I am not a beginning. I am not an end. I am a link in a chain.”

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“I am quite aware of the chance that I have or will have AIDS. The odds are very great and, in fact, the symptoms already exist. My friends are dropping like flies and I know in my heart that it is only divine intervention that has kept me alive this long. I don’t know if I have five months or five years, but I know my days are numbered.

This is why my activities and projects are so important now. To do as much as possible as quickly as possible. I’m sure that what will live on after I die is important enough to make sacrifices of my personal luxury and leisure time. Work is all I have and art is more important than life.”

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“In the beginning of my “career” (what an awful word) I was misled by a teacher who thought the things I was writing to be pretentious and self important. Years later, when I read those things I wrote in 1978, it didn’t seem so pretentious for almost everything I wrote about “wanting to do,” I actually did in the four or five years that followed.”

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“Individuality is the enemy of this mass society. Individuality speaks for the individual and makes him a significant factor. Art is individuality.”

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“Nothing is important... so everything is important.”

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“People, I realize, cannot live like a patch of grass. They could, I suppose, at one time, but we are so far removed from that time that it is hard to conceive. People can, however, live their lives with the realization that they are constantly changing, products of their changing environment and changing situations, and time. They can live, at least, in harmony with the knowledge and co-exist with it instead of working against it.”

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“The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint... I'd like to pretend that I've never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything... and then make something... Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it... Nothing is important... so everything is important.”

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“This, I feel, is the advantage to creating art at this point in time: When we realize that we are temporary, we are facing our self-destruction, we are realizing our fate and we must confront it. Art is the only sensible primal response to an outlook of possible destruction (obliteration).”

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“Touching people’s lives in a positive way is as close as I can get to an idea of religion.”

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“Work is all I have and art is more important than life.”

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