No art worthy of the name is intelligible to persons of shallow
understanding who have not mastered it. No doubt even the most untalented
and ignorant person may be pleased by closely related verses and
a banal style, but it is inconceivable that anyone only vaguely
familiar with the art could understand poetry of an elevated and
profoundly beautiful nature.
shinkei, quoted by Donald Keene
The growth of populations has in no way increased the amount [of
art]; it has merely increased the adeptness with which substitutes
can be produced and packaged. -Raymond
Popular culture: "the symbolic representation of what people already
Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cheri-shes junk. The
artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority
is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.
How does one become mediocre? By compromising, by making concessions,
today in this matter, to-morrow in another, according to the dictates
of the world, by never contradicting the world and by always following
Vincent Van Gogh
Humanity is not served by making art compre-hensible to everybody.
In art the search for a content which is collectively understandable