Quotes and Sayings about Sculpture



"I really don't have a theme when I start a sculpture. The rock guides me to the final sculpture. I think that is true for many creative sculpture artists."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Artists, Sculpture)

"Architecture is inhabited sculpture."
- Constantin Brancusi
(Related: Architecture, Sculpture)

"Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them."
- Constantin Brancusi
(Related: God, Work, Joy, Mystery)

"Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower."
- William C. Bryant
(Related: Earth)

"Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own."
- Basil Bunting
(Related: Music, Sculpture)

"But I don't think that sculpture belongs in everyday life like a table does, or like a chair."
- Anthony Caro
(Related: Life, Sculpture)

"So, in other words, how you respond to a sculpture, how a viewer sees the sculpture, is vital."
- Anthony Caro
(Related: Sculpture, Words)

"Art is an expression of who you are. Parts that I play are my sculptures."
- Kim Cattrall
(Related: Art, Expression, Play)

"Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object."
- Chuck Close
(Related: Sculpture, Space)

"I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation."
- Clifton Fadiman
(Related: Answers, Conversation, Questions, Sculpture)

"All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces... So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life."
- Alberto Giacometti
(Related: Life, Work, Day, End, Fashion, Past, Today, Will)

"I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work."
- Andy Goldsworthy
(Related: Work, People, Public)

"Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It's the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe."
- Philip Guston
(Related: Society, Imagination, Heart, Painting, Sculpture)

"I'm quite sure that all true professional artists, of every description, in all walks of life, whether their craft is painting, music, sculpture, medicine or anything, have one primary concern - mankind."
- Chico Hamilton
(Related: Life, Music, Artists, Concern, Mankind, Medicine, Painting, Sculpture)

"Art, after all, is traditionally displayed against vacancies: paintings on dun walls, sculptures in empty spaces, music in quiet halls."
- John Hart
(Related: Music, Art, Quiet)

"Moonlight is sculpture."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Sculpture)

"Firstly I did it in this huge theatre in Avignon, then to smaller places, then bigger places. You have to change the volume of the voice, give more or less. The way you have to relate to space makes it like sculpture."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Change, Sculpture, Space, Theatre, Voice)

"Sculpture occupies the same space as your body."
- Anish Kapoor
(Related: Body, Sculpture, Space)

"The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions."
- Paul Klee
(Related: Art, Life, Expression)

"All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death."
- Jacques Lipchitz
(Related: Art, Death, Life, Action, Artist, Denial, Sculpture)

"I express myself in sculpture since I am not a poet."
- Aristide Maillol
(Related: Sculpture)

"When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead, he was still pursuing the art of sculpture, but from necessity, and without much inclination."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Art, Father, Necessity, Sculpture)

"We say to the British government: you have kept those sculptures for almost two centuries. You have cared for them as well as you could, for which we thank you. But now in the name of fairness and morality, please give them back."
- Melina Mercouri
(Related: Morality, Name, Now)

"Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture."
- Michelangelo
(Related: Painting, Sculpture)

"They are more beautiful than anything in the world, kinetic sculptures, perfect form in motion."
- Kate Millett
(Related: World)

"Well, what I'm doing is really clothing. I'm not doing sculpture."
- Issey Miyake
(Related: Sculpture)

"In the studio, I don't do a lot of work that requires repetitive activity. I spend a lot of time looking and thinking and then try to find the most efficient way to get what I want, whether it's making a drawing or a sculpture, or casting plaster or whatever."
- Bruce Nauman
(Related: Time, Work, Sculpture, Thinking, Want)

"Well, I never studied design and I went to art school to study art, you know, sculpture and things like that, and ended up making things like sculpture and started making chairs and jewelry together and that's how I started."
- Marc Newson
(Related: Art, Design, School, Sculpture, Study)

"Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Painting, Sculpture)

"Sculpture is the art of the intelligence."
- Pablo Picasso
(Related: Art, Intelligence, Sculpture)

"Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Art, Music, Poetry, Language, Literature, Mind, Painting, Sculpture)

"Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Art, Poetry, Sculpture)

"At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together. I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture."
- Martin Puryear
(Related: Art, Building, Sculpture)

"I got so I was really just sick of sculpture."
- Robert Rauschenberg
(Related: Sculpture)

"Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump."
- Auguste Rodin
(Related: Art, Sculpture)

"Even though the museums guarding their precious property fence everything off, in my own studio, I made them so you and I could walk in and around, and among these sculptures."
- George Segal
(Related: Museums, Property)

"And certainly the history of public sculpture has been disastrous but that doesn't mean it ought not to continue and the only way it even has a chance to continue is if the work gets out into the public."
- Richard Serra
(Related: History, Work, Chance, Public, Sculpture)

"Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people. I couldn't get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Time, People, Monuments, Sculpture, Years)

"Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues."
- Robert Smithson
(Related: Architecture, Art, Habit, Painting, Sculpture)

"When a finished work of 20th century 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."
- Robert Smithson
(Related: Work, Values, Garden, Past, Sculpture)

"Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Pretty, Sculpture)

"A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere."
- Frank Stella
(Related: Painting, Sculpture)

"It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: Art, Painting, Sculpture)

"My sculpture is very personal; for years my subjects were family and close, close friends."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Family, Friends, Sculpture, Years)

"You wouldn't ask Rodin to make an ugly sculpture, or me to make a film with an ugly woman."
- Roger Vadim
(Related: Film, Sculpture, Ugly, Woman)

"In our own time it has been seen... that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature."
- Giorgio Vasari
(Related: Nature, Time, Genius, Children, Example, Wilderness)

"I'm showing some of my sculptures in Holland in the spring, so we'll see."
- Alan Vega
(Related: Spring)

"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
- Frank Zappa
(Related: Music, Performance, Sculpture)