HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 28, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Art


Good art however “immoral” is wholly a thing of virtue. ...
Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness,
I mean the art that is most precise.

- - Ezra Pound - -


Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning.
All art is concerned with coming into being ... for art is concerned neither with things that are,
or come into being, by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature.

- - Aristotle - -


Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.

- - Jean Arp - -


Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can
conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.

- - Pablo Picasso - -


Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

- - Nadine Gordimer - -


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