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art has lost its mystery

April 16, 2009

I don’t know what happened, why art lost its mystery in the twentieth century. Why it was that the artist suddenly wanted to obtain everything. The artist has written his first quatrain and he already wants it published. Earlier, like Kafka, the artist would write his novels and die, leaving a will instructing his friend and executor to destroy all his works. Fortunately, the friend destroys the will. You might say that Kafka also belongs to the twentieth century. Yes, this is the twentieth century, but he does not belong to it. Ethically, he belongs to the previous century. That’s why he suffered so much. he was a man who was not prepared for his time. So my main point is that a true artist does not experiment or search–he finds. Because if he does not find, his work is completely in vain.

Andrei Tarkovsky

(ps. i will be traveling for the next two weeks, and will post when i have the opportunity, but they will likely be infrequent.  cheers, pensum)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jocelynmeadows permalink
    April 20, 2009 9:33 pm

    I love this (:

  2. April 20, 2009 11:38 pm

    nice to hear jocelyn. this was taken from one of the interviews in the collection. the entire interview is very worthwhile reading and hopefully i will post a few other excerpts when i am home from traveling.

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