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Born: 1932-02-09
Profession: Artist
Nation: German
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Without form, communication stops... without form, you have everybody burbling on to themselves, whenever and however, things that no one else can understand and - rightly - no one else is interested in.

Tags: Else, Themselves, Understand

Art should be serious, not a joke. I don't like to laugh about art.

Tags: Art, Laugh, Serious

Chance determines our lives in important ways.

Tags: Chance, Lives, Ways

Every museum is full of nice things. That's the opposite of before. It was important things or serious things. Now we have interesting things.

Tags: Full, Nice, Serious

Good art in general aspires to something, as a good painting aspires to something, almost spiritual or holy.

Tags: Art, Good, Spiritual

Gray is the color... the most important of all... absent of opinion, nothing, neither/nor.

Tags: Color, Nor, Opinion

I am ridiculously old-fashioned.

Tags: Paint

I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting - of art in general - which we have lost, but which places obligations on us.

Tags: Art, Great, Lost

I don't dare to think my paintings are great. I can't understand the arrogance of someone saying, 'I have created a big, important work.'

Tags: Great, Someone, Work

I don't think I can do this - painting under observation. It's the worst thing there is, worse than being in the hospital.

Tags: Painting, Worse, Worst

I have always been structured. What has changed is the proportions. Now it is eight hours of paperwork and one of painting.

Tags: Changed, Hours, Painting

I have painted my family so frequently because they are the one who really affect me the most.

Tags: Affect, Family, Frequently

It's our culture, Christian history, that's what formed me. Even as an atheist, I believe. We're just built that way.

Tags: Christian, Culture, History

Now that we do not have priests and philosophers any more, artists are the most important people in the world.

Tags: Artists, Priests

A father draws boundaries and calls a halt, whenever necessary. As I didn't have that, I was able to stay childishly naive that much longer - so I did what I liked, because there was nobody stopping me, even when I got it wrong.

Tags: Able, Father, Wrong

I believe in painting and I believe in eating too. What can we do? We have to eat, we have to paint, we have to live. Of course, there are different ways to survive. But it's my best option.

Tags: Best, Eat, Painting

I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things.

Tags: Life, Love, Making

I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes or variations that lead to mastery... I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty. Other qualities may be more conducive to achievement, publicity, success; but they are all outworn - as outworn as ideologies, opinions, concepts and names for things.

Tags: May, Success, Time

I'm still very sure that painting is one of the most basic human capacities, like dancing and singing, that make sense, that stay with us, as something human.

Tags: Human, Sense, Sure

People won't stop painting, just as they won't stop making music or dancing. This is a facility we have. Children don't stop doing it or having it. On the other hand, it seems we don't need painting anymore. Culture is more interested in entertaining people.

Tags: Children, Making, Music

Politicians are nauseating by definition... They can produce nothing, neither a loaf of bread nor a table nor a picture; and this inability to create value, this total inferiority, makes them jealous, vengeful, insolent and a menace to life and limb.

Tags: Jealous, Life, Makes

We've lost these qualities, these abilities to do something by hand. Some illustrators have it still, but it's just not art. We have photography. We have cameras and computers that do it better and faster.

Tags: Art, Computers, Lost

Weeks go by, and I don't paint until finally I can't stand it any longer. I get fed up. I almost don't want to talk about it, because I don't want to become self-conscious about it, but perhaps I create these little crises as a kind of a secret strategy to push myself.

Tags: Become, Secret, Talk
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When I begin, theoretically and practically I can smear anything I want on the canvas. Then there's a condition I have to react to, by changing it or destroying it.

Tags: Begin, Changing, React