"If you could outdo yourself from the very beginning, the only way up is down."
"The concentration of wealth and power lies in the hands of the most uncultured, most uncivilized, and most illiterate people ever."
"To ask the general public's opinion on the subject of art is like asking children what they would like to eat. In both cases it would be junk food."
"People are like bugs, they like bright and sparkly things."
"In a room of athletes I am the smartest, in a room of intellectuals I am the toughest."
"Creative without strategy is called 'art.' Creative with strategy is called 'advertising'."
Jef I. Richards
"Believe it or not I can actually draw."
Jean Michel Basquiat
"Art? You just do it."
"Abstract art is the product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered."
"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
"Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time."
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship. Imagination without skills is contemporary art."
after Tom Stoppard
"Tradition is keeping the fire going and not worshipping the ashes"
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."