The works of art, by being publicly exhibited and offered for sale, are becoming articles of trade, following as such the unreasoning laws of markets and fashion; and public and even private patronage is swayed by their tyrannical influence. (Prince Albert)
Some say it's pathetic when you give up your aesthetic / For a blue collar job in the factory / But all that exhibiting was just too damn inhibiting / For a beer drinking - regular guy... like me. (Terry Allen)
Outdoor Art Exhibition: If you bring lots of sunscreen and tarps to protect your work when it pours, and figure a way to anchor work framed in glass during wind gusts, and don't mind smiling and answering the same questions again and again, it's quite a lot of fun. (Susan Avishai)
I hang my work upside down to emphasize surface. (Georg Baselitz)
I have to display what I have seen to people. (Ala Bashir)
If one or two works from a body of work for an exhibition are what you would like to be remembered by, it is a good exhibition. (John Bellamy)
The pressure of constantly showing work motivates me to paint every day. (Linda Blondheim)
I wasn't aware that the purpose of the show was to make friends. I'm not sure that any artist sets out to do that. (Paul Brandford)
My greatest joy is expressing one cohesive thought within a 'body' of work that can be shown in its entirety. (Kathleen Cavender)
-on the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition...
The time of year when the devil comes and spews art over London. (John Constable)
Enter shows - but don't take them or yourself seriously. (Joy Cooper)
This year is the first time before an opening that anxiety hasn't caused sleeplessness, irritability and restlessness. Instead there has been an inner sense of calm that is almost as frightening. (Lorna Dockstader)
The exhibition (art made public) is a strange thing indeed. (Ian Factor)
And people came, actually, and seemed to enjoy the show a great deal. And I had borrowed a tartan from Ted, so it was like a curated show but with the event - which was going to be the opening - already existing in the artwork. So it was quite a lot of fun. (Joe Fafard)
There is a wonderful feeling when you walk into your own exhibition. You see the work as a true extension of yourself. Win or lose, your interests have led you to an accumulation of your personal expression, signed lower right, mounted to best advantage. (Robert Genn)
-Vincent van Gogh exhibition in The Hague...
The opening was on May 16. It was not beautiful - not enough care had been spent on it for that - but there was space and light to see the pictures that was all. (Johanna van Gogh)
Going into the gallery, they met two friends coming out, who assessed the exhibition this way: 'There's a girl walking around who's better looking than anything on the walls.' (Katharine Graham)
-interview by Christoph Platz...
As I was walking down the stairs, I kept thinking that the room felt like a movie theater with all your attention on this wall, so it seemed like a big challenge. (Wade Guyton)
-on Ten American Painters...
These small shows were decidedly a success. The exhibitions were not too large to be seen easily. It was not an effort, as larger collections of pictures usually are. (Childe Hassam)
When we artists put a painting on the wall at an exhibition, we bare our souls... At that time, everyone becomes a critic. (Sidney Hermel)
There's a lot of things that people don't like. I think it'd be difficult for anyone to go in and say they didn't like the whole thing, because it's enjoyable, it's like a funfair, I hope. (Damien Hirst)
It's not our art, but our heart that's on display. (Gary Holland)
Art exhibitions come alive in the form of street fairs, formal juried shows, or as organized 'open studios'... This bounty of skilled artists, notable art competitions, progressive community art festivals and sophisticated buyers is a genuine inspiration... (Karen Honaker)
Well, something must be done for May, / The time is drawing nigh – / To figure in the Catalogue, / And woo the public eye. (Thomas Hood)
-to Lawren Harris...
I must take this opportunity again to warn you and Mr. Dilworth that none of my sketches, oil or pencil, are good enough to exhibit... but... will supply me with enough subject material for several years of painting. (E. J. Hughes)
-on seeing his 1967 retrospective...
It gives me the feeling that I should continue heading in the direction I am taking. (E. J. Hughes)
The exhibition has now become no more than a bazaar where mediocrity spreads itself out with impudence. The exhibitions are useless and dangerous... they ought to be abolished. (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres)
When I put together a show, I go through my oeuvre and pull out pieces that share a common subject, medium, size and style. This puts before the public a subset of my work that can be interpreted as the work of a professional. (Michael Chesley Johnson)
The presentation, ideas, overall feel and expression of them will be the show. (Don Lambert)
The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion itself this millennium. With the force of technology, instant images and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination - and an entertainment - for everybody. (Alexander McQueen)
With the collective exhibitions we have always held and too often repeated, we will finish up with public curiosity satiated and the Press still against us. (Claude Monet)
I hear that my friends are preparing another exhibition this year but I must discount the possibility of participating in it since I have nothing worth showing. (Claude Monet)
-to Berthe Morisot...
I am pleased with the exhibition... everything on display was sold for a good price to decent people. It has been a long time since I believed that you could educate public taste... (Claude Monet)
-to Paul Durand-Ruel...
It would be a very bad idea... to exhibit even a small number of this new series, as the whole effect can only be achieved from an exhibition of the entire group. (Claude Monet)
Sculpture is an art of the open air... I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know. (Henry Moore)
A lot of professional artists do not participate in shows with awards but rather the shows that present all artists equally. Let the public be the judges by buying their art without the bias of a juror's opinion. (Charles Morris)
Every artist ought to be an exhibitionist. (Egbert Oudendag)
I wanted to try and understand the value of neutrality in gallery spaces - how to set up a scenario like, if you don't have a white cube for showing art, how do you deal with that? It's not very different from most art's final destination... people's homes. (Jorge Pardo)
I wonder why people use only walls for hanging pictures. (Fritz Perls)
It is often said that the modern exhibition has ruined painting. It is an unfortunate fact that it does encourage competition, so that, to attract attention to his work, an artist is tempted to descend to sensationalism, whether it is expressed by strong colour, grotesque handling, unusual subject, or sheer size. (Walter J. Phillips)
My zest for exhibition has over a long career become increasingly a mania. The ecstasy I feel as I survey work I have done I want to share with the world - not the whole world which couldn't care less, but my private world, which is my country, Canada. (Joseph Plaskett)
Our Exhibitions [The Royal Academy] have... a mischievous tendency, by seducing the Painter to an ambition of pleasing indiscriminately the mixed multitude of people who resort to them. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)
I always take one work from the previous show and give it a new setting in the new show... just to have a thread for myself... so that it becomes like a book. (Ugo Rondinone)
-to E. J. Hughes...
A one-man show should contain as varied a collection as possible; this means it should have figures, landscapes and still-lives of different periods. (Max Stern)
At my solo show openings, I feel like a tart on a street corner. (Jane Swanston)
-Mark Twain in Eruption...
Was it my conspicuousness that distressed me? Not at all. It was merely that I was not beautifully conspicuous but uglily conspicuous - it makes all the difference in the world. (Mark Twain)
This exhibition has been an opportunity to reexamine past work and communicate with audiences from afar. (Ai Weiwei)
To have all your life's work and to have them along the wall, it's like walking in with no clothes on. It's terrible. (Andrew Wyeth)
Perhaps there is a minimum distance that should separate one exhibit from another... Indeed those specialized in psychophysics have actually come up with some rules. (Semir Zeki)