Posts Tagged ‘Wagner’

Censorship and the Arts

Saturday, June 9th, 1990

It takes a lot of courage to be an artist. All kinds of things get in the way, but the thing that gets in the way the most is fear. That’s why the threat of censor­ship is so dangerous to Art. Art helps us to see the beau­tiful — and also to face the ugli­ness in life. Artists need to be free to show us the world as they see it — to tell it like it is.

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Adolph von Menzel

Tuesday, July 11th, 1989

MENZEL’s draw­ings often show people and things as if they were turning into shadow, turning into smoke, dissolving into a cloud; just about to disap­pear. He said, “I early culti­vated the habit of drawing things as though I were never to see them again.”

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