"True art is never where it is expected to be: in the place where no one considers it, nor names it. Art hates to be recognized and greeted by its name. It runs away immediately. Art is a person in love with anonymity. As soon as it’s unmasked, as soon as someone points the finger, it runs away. It leaves in its place a prize stooge wearing on its back a great placard marked ART, which everybody immediately showers with champagne, and which the lecturers lead from town to town with a ring through its nose. That is the false Art. That is the art which the public knows, the art of the prize and the placard. The real Mr Art, no one recognizes. He walks everywhere, everyone has met him, jostled him at every junction, but no one thinks it could be him, Mr Art himself, of whom so much has been said. He does not have the right air about him. You see, it is the false Mr Art who has the air of being the true one; it is the real one who lacks this air."
— Jean Dubuffet (via avidoatlion)
"People I find beautiful aren’t people you normally find beautiful. For example, you would think of a beautiful young lady as someone with curly hair, small regular teeth, no spots on her face, very clean nails, no insects, etc., well this all doesn’t interest me particularly, if she has spots it doesn’t bother me. I’m not more against spots than I am for spots. It depends. Weird noses, big mouths, teeth planted diagonally, hair in the ears, I am not against that. People of more advanced age, they don’t necessarily seem worse than people of younger age. Obesity, even outrageous (especially outrageous), twists, grimaces, wrinkles and the humorous little dance-ballets of wrinkles and little stage plays of grimaces and twists, I like that, and people who have a star or a shrub or a drainage basin across their face, it interests me much more than those greek-like faces and I don’t think that a young oakling is prettier than an old oak, and a ninny yacht regatta doesn’t interest me as much as a dirty trawler full of cods."
— Jean Dubuffet (via crocro)