Art is about making something out of nothing and selling it.

October 18th, 2017

Art is about making something out of nothing and selling it.


 

[On Ernst Lubitsch] He could do more with a closed door than other

October 18th, 2017

[On Ernst Lubitsch] He could do more with a closed door than other directors could do with an open fly.


 

On how he planned to shoot the bizarre scene in Sunset Boulevard

October 18th, 2017

On how he planned to shoot the bizarre scene in Sunset Boulevard in which Norma’s monkey is buried: You know, the usual monkey-funeral sequence.


 

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he

October 18th, 2017

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.


 

Lying, a telling of beautiful untrue things, this is the proper a

October 18th, 2017

Lying, a telling of beautiful untrue things, this is the proper aim of art.


 

An artist’s career always begins tomorrow.

October 18th, 2017

An artist’s career always begins tomorrow.


 

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can’t sta

October 18th, 2017

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can’t stand Picasso, those who can’t stand Raphael, and those who’ve never heard of either of them.


 

I’d asked 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady frien

October 18th, 2017

I’d asked 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question: “What do you love most?” That’s how I started painting money.


 

Beautiful forms and compositions are not made by chance, nor can

October 18th, 2017

Beautiful forms and compositions are not made by chance, nor can they ever, in any material, be made at small expense. A composition for cheapness and not excellence of workmanship is the most frequent and certain cause of the rapid decay and entire destruction of arts and manufactures.


 

It’s hard to play with a bagpipe player. It’s like an exotic bird

October 18th, 2017

It’s hard to play with a bagpipe player. It’s like an exotic bird. I love the sound, it’s like strangling a goose.