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How to Make It in the Art World: 10 Quotes on Creative Success From the World’s Greatest Artists

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How to Make It in the Art World: 10 Quotes on Creative Success From the World’s Greatest Artists
Carol Bove

There’s a reason the image of the starving artist has been so firmly imprinted on the popular imaginary: it’s really, really hard to eke out a living making art. Nevertheless, the world’s galleries and museum are filled with the work of people who did (or are trying to do) just that, and we’re all the better for it. If you’re one of those starry-eyed creatives looking to join their ranks, these bon mots from Phaidon’s new collection of advice, opinions, and anecdotes from history’s most influential artists Art Is the Highest Form of Hope should help guide your efforts. Your new mantra awaits.

 

Yoko Ono, on suffering

 

Yoko OnoYoko Ono

 

Walker Evans, on MFA alternatives

 

Walker EvansWalker Evans

 

Anish Kapoor, on planning for the future

 

Anish KapoorAnish Kapoor

 

Jane Hammond, on day jobs

 

Jane HammondJane Hammond

 

Chuck Close, on making work

 

Chuck CloseChuck Close

 

Wolfgang Tillmans, on work ethic

 

Wolfgang TillmansWolfgang Tillmans

 

Salvador Dalí, on accidents

 

Salvador DaliSalvador Dalí

 

Andrea Zittel, on failing again, and again, and again

 

Andrea ZittelAndrea Zittel

 

Pablo Picasso, on mid-career hazards

 

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso

 

Carol Bove, on cashing-in (or not)

 

Carol BoveCarol Bove 

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