Harold Rosenberg Quotes

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Harold Rosenberg Quotes

If being an anti-art artist is difficult, being an anti-art art historian is a hard position indeed. His doctrinal revolutionism brings forth nothing new in art but reenacts upheavals on the symbolic plane of language. It provides the consoling belief that overthrows are occurring as in the past, that barriers to creation are being surmounted, and that art is pursuing a radical purpose, even if it is only the purpose of doing away with itself.
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American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe.

— Harold Rosenberg

The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.

— Harold Rosenberg

Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself.

— Harold Rosenberg

What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?

— Harold Rosenberg

The values to which the conservative appeals are inevitably caricatured by the individuals designated to put them into practice.

— Harold Rosenberg

Art has arrived at the paradox that tradition itself requires the occurrence of radical attacks on tradition.

— Harold Rosenberg

A painting that is an act is inseparable from the biography of the artist.

— Harold Rosenberg

Avant-gardism is an addiction that can be appeased only by a revolution in permanence.

— Harold Rosenberg

One of the grotesqueries of present-day American life is the amount of reasoning that goes into displaying the wisdom secreted in bad movies while proving that modern art is meaningless. They have put into practice the notion that a bad art work cleverly interpreted according to some obscure Method is more rewarding than a masterpiece wrapped in silence.

— Harold Rosenberg

Kitsch is the daily art of our time, as the vase or the hymn was for earlier generations. For the sensibility it has that arbitrariness and importance which works take on when they are no longer noticeable elements of the environment. In America kitsch is Nature. The Rocky Mountains have resembled fake art for a century.

— Harold Rosenberg

In the United States, revolts tends to be directed against specific situations, rarely against the social structure as a whole.

— Harold Rosenberg

Kitsch is art that follows established rules in a time when all rules in art are put into question by each artist.

— Harold Rosenberg

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