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  • Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot. -- Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • The Spiral Gallery may happen, too. It is not dependent on government funding -- Daniel Libeskind
  • History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. -- Alexis de Tocqueville
  • They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom. -- William Congreve
  • The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones. -- Henry Ward Beecher
  • The nice thing about the gallery shows is that without having to pay any money you can just go and see it. -- Yoko Ono
  • A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge, and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world. -- Robert Smithson
  • I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery. -- Jeff Koons
  • Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness. -- Bryant H. McGill
  • I just got to hear every note. After I left Birdland, I started working at the Jazz Gallery. In the end, I still couldn't play, but I knew how to listen. I was probably the world's best listener. -- Carla Bley
  • I very rarely saw Tom Kite around. I've talked to Tom about it. I don't think Michael Jordan needed to be on the captain's cart with Kite; he needed to be walking in the gallery, supporting them from outside the ropes. -- Payne Stewart
  • The first piece of art that I ever bought-when I could afford it-was a Warhol sketch from the period when he was just getting out of doing commercial work and more into art. It's a sketch of a young guy's face. I guess the gallery that I bought it from thought I would like it because the young guy kind of looked like James Dean. -- James Franco
  • I love going to galleries, particularly the National Portrait Gallery. -- Mark Gatiss
  • How often my soul visits the National Gallery, and how seldom -- Logan Pearsall Smith
  • The Spiral Gallery may happen, too. It is not dependent on government funding. -- Daniel Libeskind
  • I like all sorts of art, that's why I love wandering around The National Gallery. -- Samuel Barnett
  • I find old copies of National Gallery catalogues, which are written in the dryest possible prose, infinitely soothing. -- Howard Hodgkin
  • At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age 20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery. -- Andrew Wyeth
  • he cut through the 21st Century Gallery, past the big plastic statues of Pluto and Mickey, animal headed gods of lost America -- Philip Reeve
  • Thanks to Lana Turner, Eleven Eleven, The Nation, LIT Magazine (USA), Critical Quarterly (UK), Beautiful Outlaw Press, no press, The Capilano Review, cv2, Rhubarb and Centre A Gallery (Canada). -- Erin Mouré
  • Museums collect what's important in their respective countries. In Berlin's National Gallery, however, this isn't the case. They're interested neither in me nor the other usual suspects. It's simply a German reality. -- Georg Baselitz
  • The Winnipeg Art Gallery has a good collection of Inuit art, and most of what I've seen I've seen there or in the few books I have. I should spend more time researching. -- Neil Farber
  • The Heart Gallery premise is very simple. It is a special traveling exhibit of photographs featuring Los Angeles foster youth, designed to highlight the need to find loving adoptive families for waiting children. -- Angela Featherstone
  • Visually Agincourt is a pre-Raphaelite, perhaps better a Medici Gallery print battle - a composition of strong verticals and horizontals and a conflict of rich dark reds and Lincoln greens against fishscale greys and arctic blues. -- John Keegan
  • In a way, my father was lucky. He had a hunch that his vision of the National Gallery would interest other collectors and persuade them to come in with him, and that hunch proved to be right. -- Paul Mellon
  • My mother fed my love of demons, science fiction, and paranormal. She was a devout horror movie fan who kept me up until the wee hours to watch Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Twilight Zone, and Star Trek. We lived to watch those reruns. -- Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • In hindsight I can see that my love for the arts began by watching my father and his colleagues perform on stage in Jamaica, and running a muck among the exhibits of fabulous Jamaican art at the National Gallery while mum was upstairs curating. -- Michael Hyatt
  • Some artists leave remarkable things which, a 100 years later, don't work at all. I have left my mark; my work is hung in museums, but maybe one day the Tate Gallery or the other museums will banish me to the cellar... you never know. -- Francis Bacon
  • There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying, it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times. -- Edmund Burke
  • I did large drawings of couples having sex! Men and woman enjoying intercourse and oral sex in a Madison Avenue Gallery? That was the first time I broke a barrier that made me think, some idiot is going to blow my brains out for sure. -- Betty Dodson
  • For me, the heyday was in 1959. It was before the Ferus Gallery moved across the street, in the days when Ed Kienholz and Walter Hopps ran it. At that time, art was taken very seriously in terms of being an artist, and not as a profession. -- Billy Al Bengston
  • My mother fed my love of demons, science fiction, and paranormal. She was a devout horror movie fan who kept me up until the wee hours to watch 'Outer Limits,' 'Night Gallery,' 'Twilight Zone,' and 'Star Trek.' We lived to watch those reruns. -- Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • A child came up to me and asked 'am I dreaming?' I had a similar experience coming to the Art Gallery of South Australia when I was a child. My mum had done a workshop here and it stayed with me. It's an important formative time. -- Patricia Piccinini
  • I thought art was dead rabbits hanging by their feet on a wall. I went to Italy and saw all the religious paintings, and they didn't move me all that much. Then someone invited me to see this van Gogh exhibit at the Rosenberg Gallery in San Francisco. -- Irving Stone
  • Ministry of Sound was actually the first club I ever played in the UK, it must have been around 1993. Being invited to play was a big thing and visited many times since - The Gallery always has a great crowd, great sound system and just a great night. -- Paul van Dyk
  • If I go to the National Gallery and I look at one of the great paintings that excite me there, it's not so much the painting that excites me as that the painting unlocks all kinds of valves of sensation within me which return me to life more violently. -- Francis Bacon
  • The average man plays to the gallery of his own self-esteem. -- Elbert Hubbard
  • You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery. -- Robertson Davies
  • The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw. -- Humphry Davy
  • How much would you want to stand at the wrong end of a shooting gallery? -- Groucho Marx
  • The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm. -- Thomas B. Macaulay
  • As humans we look at things and think about what we've looked at. We treasure it in a kind of private art gallery. -- Thom Gunn
  • For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. -- Francis Bacon
  • Bracketing has turned all my experiences, remembered and present, into a gallery of miracles where I wander around dazzled by the beauty of events I cannot explain. -- Martha Beck
  • I think the art world... is a very small pond, and it's a very inbred pond. They rely on information from an elect elite sect of galleries, primarily in New York. -- Thomas Kinkade
  • I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth. -- Lewis H. Lapham
  • There is more to representing art than selling art. The life of the gallery is dependent on the renewal and refreshment of its artists and dealers. When that stops happening, it's the end. -- Arne Glimcher
  • I believe that when you go into a gallery or a museum, the most powerful pieces are the ones that don't have the words in the corner that distract you from the larger piece. -- Maynard James Keenan
  • Just as the development of earth art and installation art stemmed from the idea of taking art out of the galleries, the basis of my involvement with public art is a continuation of wall drawings. -- Sol LeWitt
  • Works of art often last forever, or nearly so. But exhibitions themselves, especially gallery exhibitions, are like flowers; they bloom and then they die, then exist only as memories, or pressed in magazines and books. -- Jerry Saltz
  • The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity. -- Jean Paul
  • Appropriation is the idea that ate the art world. Go to any Chelsea gallery or international biennial and you'll find it. It's there in paintings of photographs, photographs of advertising, sculpture with ready-made objects, videos using already-existing film. -- Jerry Saltz
  • Auction houses run a rigged game. They know exactly how many people will be bidding on a work and exactly who they are. In a gallery, works of art need only one person who wants to pay for them. -- Jerry Saltz
  • If you're a baker, making bread, you're a baker. If you make the best bread in the world, you're not an artist, but if you bake the bread in the gallery, you're an artist. So the context makes the difference. -- Marina Abramovic
  • I see 30 to 40 gallery shows a week, and no matter what kind of mood I'm in, no matter how bad the art is, I almost always feel better afterward. I can learn as much from bad art as from good. -- Jerry Saltz
  • Urs Fischer specializes in making jaws drop. Cutting giant holes in gallery walls, digging a crater in Gavin Brown's gallery floor in 2007, creating amazing hyperrealist wallpaper for a group show at Tony Shafrazi: It all percolates with uncanny destructiveness, operatic uncontrollability, and barbaric sculptural power. -- Jerry Saltz
  • When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out. -- James Frey
  • You know how you feel somebody looking at you, and you turn, and somebody actually is? It's the same at an art gallery. You're looking at one portrait, turn around, and there is a work of art directly behind you. Because it's all energy. Every single thing has energy. -- Marina Abramovic
  • There is something uniquely depressing about the fact that the National Portrait Gallery's version of the Barack Obama 'Hope' poster previously belonged to a pair of lobbyists. Depressing because Mr. Obama's Washington was not supposed to be the lobbyists' Washington, the place we learned to despise during the last administration. -- Thomas Frank
  • Because of my job, I get a lot of opportunity to grab a few days here and there in many cool cities for press commitments, magazine shoots and premieres - Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Stockholm, New York, Berlin. I always try to get to a gallery or museum if there's time. -- Natalie Dormer
  • There is no reason why the Louvre should be your favourite gallery just because it has the grandest collections in France, any more than Kew should necessarily be a favourite garden because it has the largest assemblage of plants, or Tesco your chosen shop because it has the widest variety of canned beans. -- Jim Crace
  • People look at film in a gallery, and if they walk out after two minutes they know they haven't seen the whole work. But then people look at a painting for two minutes and think they've seen it. Certain paintings are made to be consumed fast. But some require a slowed-down time. You have to go back to them. -- Julie Mehretu
  • I always believed that my work should be unfinished in the sense that I encourage people to add their creativity to it, either conceptually or physically. Back in the 1960s, I was calling for 'Unfinished Music,' number one, and number two, with my artwork - I was taking unfinished work into the gallery. And that's how I was looking at it. -- Yoko Ono
  • The sun never sets on my gallery. -- Larry Gagosian
  • Moralists have no place in an art gallery. -- Han Suyin
  • I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot -- Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I don't think anyone would want to come to my gallery show. -- Lena Dunham
  • My dream since I was a kid was to show in a gallery. -- David LaChapelle
  • Ultimately I want my metal in a bar and not an art gallery. -- Mat McNerney
  • Fear paints pictures of ghosts and hangs them in the gallery of ignorance. -- Robert Green Ingersoll
  • In a gallery, there's an expectation of high prices and a somewhat elitist atmosphere. -- Will Cotton
  • There are days when I can hear men tying their shoe laces in the gallery. -- Fuzzy Zoeller
  • I have friends in France who are artists. I go to gallery openings and things like that. -- Anthony Geary
  • Transforms old print To zigzag manuscript, and cheats the eyes Of gallery critics by a thousand arts. -- William Cowper
  • The Upper Bohemia people wore tuxedos in an art gallery, and Lower Bohemia was all of us. -- David Amram
  • History, it is easily perceived, is a picture-gallery containing a host of copies and very few originals. -- Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful. There are beautiful things everywhere and they're free. -- Charles Tart
  • Grey time-worn marbles Hold the pure Muses. In their cool gallery, By yellow Tiber, They still look fair. -- Matthew Arnold
  • The human mind is not, as philosophers would have you think, a debating hall, but a picture gallery. -- Douglas Harding
  • I think the British learn their history through the prism of this gallery of grotesques known as the royals. -- Harry Shearer
  • The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery. -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • My art is for anybody, it's for people who wouldn't go into an art gallery. It's art for the people. -- Julian Beever
  • My most famous show is the 'Kitchen Show.' More famous than any gallery show or museum show I curated. -- Hans-Ulrich Obrist
  • I love the idea of bringing my work to the general public, not just people who go to gallery openings. -- Marco Brambilla
  • I never spend more than one hour in a gallery. That is as long as one's power of appreciation persists. -- W. Somerset Maugham
  • In China, we don't have any contemporary art museums. Until a few years ago, we didn't even have a gallery. -- Ai Weiwei
  • Some pictures are in the gallery because they belong to humanity and others because they belong to the United States. -- Andre Malraux
  • A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct -- Aldo Leopold
  • Somebody will be exhibiting a bunch of bananas in a gallery, and they'll get me on to talk dirty about it. -- Alexander Stoddart
  • When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires. -- Banksy
  • All of us need to self-promote. We cannot sit back and wait for our gallery or rep to do it all. -- Jack White
  • Walking rapidly - or even slowly - through a gallery is equivalent to browsing through a bookstore and reading the blurbs. -- Wendy Beckett
  • It's a great meeting place, community center, art gallery, singles bar, music venue. The record store really covers a lot of ground. -- Gary Calamar
  • I'm not fashionable at all, and the fact that I manage to sell pictures without being fashionable is thanks to my gallery. -- Paula Rego
  • The New York gallery scene being as incredibly overpopulated and overmoneyed as it is, deep conflicts and contradictions aren't hard to find. -- Jerry Saltz
  • Life is politics, basically, but you don't just go to a gallery and put the words 'art' and 'politics' on the wall. -- Luc Tuymans
  • The fans, I loved them. My mother would be in the gallery, I would look right at my mother and not remember. -- Arnold Palmer
  • From day one, my idea was always to use the gallery as this animated place to discover culture in a much bigger way. -- Roselee Goldberg
  • My skin is an art gallery right, with paintings and crucifixes hoping to save me from all the dangers in the music business -- Nas
  • That's something that tends to happen with new technologies generally: The most interesting applications turn up on a battlefield, or in a gallery. -- William Gibson
  • Sometimes when I walk into a gallery and I see someone's work, I think to myself, 'Gee, I wish I had done that.' -- Richard Prince
  • If you just turn to your paper or television each day, there are thousands of stories that are much more shocking than the gallery artworks. -- Ai Weiwei
  • Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all. -- Thomas Carlyle
  • My family runs a little art gallery back in Cornwall, so flashy cars and things like that have never really been particularly interesting to me. -- Sam Palladio
  • I don't like books that play to the gallery, but I've become more concerned with telling a story as clearly and engagingly as I can. -- Salman Rushdie
  • I use Instagram as an online gallery to display my work. For me, it's almost more important to exist online than it is in real life. -- Kesh
  • I use the gallery as if it were a doctor. I come for ideas and help - to look at situations within painting, rather than paintings. -- Lucian Freud
  • One curator said he didn't want my work in his gallery because it was so simple even children understood it. I thought, what a wonderful tribute! -- Ted Harrison
  • Mick has expressed an interest in coming to the gallery tonight because he's seen me behaving myself lately. He is being much more supportive, which is nice. -- Ronnie Wood
  • I had always suspected that trying to play golf in the company of big-time pros and a gallery would be something like walking naked into choir practice. -- Dan Jenkins
  • How right that the body changed over time, becoming a gallery of scars, a canvas of experience, a testament to life and one's capacity to endure it. -- Janet Fitch
  • An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes. -- Ayn Rand
  • Art is inspiring. Walking into a gallery, or when the lights go up on a stage; that thrill of getting something that has nothing to do with acquisition. -- Sadie Jones
  • I enjoy the oohs! and aahs! from the gallery when I hit my drives. But I'm getting pretty tired of the awws! and uhhs! when I miss the putt. -- John Daly
  • The art business is a rarified business and appeals to an audience capable of spending money on a luxury. Too often the atmosphere in a gallery borders on snobbishness. -- Scott Kahn
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  • When I'm in a zone, I don't think about the shot or the wind or the distance or the gallery or anything; I just pull a club and swing. -- Mark Calcavecchia
  • In 1967 there was no place for photography in a contemporary art gallery. It was almost impossible to get an art dealer to look at, let alone exhibit, anything photographic. -- Mel Bochner
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