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A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of esthetic convalescence.
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A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge, and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world.
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Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought.
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An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words.
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Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time.
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Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical.
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Artists are expected to fit into fraudulent categories.
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Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.
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Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning.
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Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes his own limits on an art exhibition, rather than asking an artist to set his limits.
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Flavin's destruction of classical time and space is based on an entirely new notion of the structure of matter.
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From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline.
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History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information.
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History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy.
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I am for an art that takes into account the direct effect of the elements as they exist from day to day apart from representation.
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Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future.
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Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification.
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Language should be an ever developing procedure and not an isolated occurrence.
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Language should find itself in the physical world, and not end up locked in an idea in somebody's head.
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Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising.
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Mistakes and dead-ends often mean more to these artists than any proven problem.
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Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum.
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Nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development.
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Nature is never finished.
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Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art .
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Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues.
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Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.
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Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate as questions about content.
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Reducing representation to writing does not bring one closer to the physical world .
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Some artists imagine they've got a hold on this apparatus, which in fact has got a hold of them. As a result, they end up supporting a cultural prison that is out of their control.
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The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye.
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The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
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The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness.
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Visiting a museum is a matter of going from void to void.
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When a finished work of 20thcentury sculpture is placed in an 18th-century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us.
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Words for mental processes are all derived from physical things.
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