Weekend Words

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, "They are hot!" (1797-1798). Red chalk and red wash, 219 x 153 mm. Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “They are hot!” (1797-1798). Red chalk and red wash, 219 x 153 mm. (Museo del Prado, Madrid) (via Wikimedia Commons)

An exquisite corpse of apposite quotes from the Hyperallergic Weekend Editors.

This week, as portions of the city remain decimated by Hurricane Sandy, at Sotheby’s and Christie’s nearly $1 billion was spent on contemporary art.

“The greedy of today regard nothing as too expensive for themselves, but everything as too expensive for others. They think in equivalencies, and their entire private life stands under the law of giving less than they get back, but always just enough to get back something. Every little favor they dispense is marked by an unspoken, “is that really necessary?,” “do I really have to?.” Their surest sign is the rush to revenge themselves for some consideration they have received, in order to forestall even the slightest gap in that chain of exchange-acts, by which one is reimbursed. Because everything is rational and businesslike with them, they are – unlike Harpagon and Scrooge – neither to be convicted nor converted. Their amiability is a measure of their implacability.”

—Theodor Adorno

“An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

—Andy Warhol

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

—Andy Warhol

“Money is a kind of poetry.”

—Wallace Stevens

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