Painting by Numbers
John Baldessari Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966-68 Acrylic on canvas.
In most fields the great work is done early on. The paintings made between 1430 and 1500 are still unsurpassed. Shakespeare appeared just as professional theater was being born, and pushed the medium so far that every playwright since has had to live in his shadow. Albrecht Durer did the same thing with engraving, and Jane Austen with the novel. Over and over we see the same pattern. A new medium appears, and people are so excited about it that they explore most of its possibilities in the first couple generations.Paul Graham, Hackers and Painters
"In the arts, the desire to find new things to say and new ways of saying them is the source of all life and interest … Beauty, like order, occurs in many places in this world, but only as a local and temporary fight against the Niagara of increasing entropy" — Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society
I... um. Followed your talk at Codemotion. Couldn't say how much I loved your work because of my shyness and babbling spoken english. But it's amazing. Mindblowing. Just... thank you.
Oh, thank you very much! And next time don’t be shy and say hi - I would surely have enjoyed a chat with you. That’s the purpose of conferences after all.
If I saw the art around me that I liked, then I wouldn’t do art.John Baldessari