Conceptual Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Conceptual Quotes from David Sedaris, Tony Kaye, George Saunders, Eleanor Catton, Steven Van Zandt. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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After a few months in my parents’ basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.
David Sedaris
I’ve come up through art school, through painting, through graphic design, through advertising, through TV commercials and music video. I’ve designed books, built billboards, matchbooks, corporate identities. I continuously paint, I’ve done conceptual art pictures.
Tony Kaye
Whatever your supposed politics are – left, right – if you put it in a human connection, most people will rise to the occasion and feel the human pain in a way that they might not if it was presented in a more conceptual way.
George Saunders
I much prefer a plotted novel to a novel that is really conceptual.
Eleanor Catton
I’ve always been very thematic with my work, very conceptual.
Steven Van Zandt
I would never, ever change the formula of what we would do, but what I want to do is go down somewhere really conceptual. Really artistic. Really theme-oriented. But I don’t want to push anything.
Shawn Crahan
There is a slight problem with being a conceptual artist these days: You won’t get paid. But this levels the field and takes the art of money out of the field of serious art. The only conceptual artists who would conceive of making money on the Internet are a lowbrow species known as hustlers.
Andrei Codrescu
I think a conceptual idea comes to me first – something I’ve been mulling over a lot right before I feel like writing a book – and then the characters start to develop around it.
Andrea Seigel
I think that I came of age in the 1970s with my own work, and it was a time of conceptual and process art, and it was very important not to tell a story. If you told a story, when I was a young artist and first came to N.Y., it was, like, an embarrassing way to make art.
Laurie Simmons
Traditional conceptual art is very dry.
Cornelia Parker
Thinking fragments reality – it cuts it up into conceptual bits and pieces.
Eckhart Tolle
I thought conceptual art was a joke.
Gian Carlo Menotti
Maths should be more practical and more conceptual, but less mechanical.
Conrad Wolfram
Conceptual art became the liberating idea that gave the art of the next 40 years its real impetus.
Sol LeWitt
Both European and American historians have done away with any conceptual limits on what in the past needs and deserves investigating. The result, among other things, has been a flood of works on gender history, black history, and ethnic history of all kinds.
Edmund Morgan
I want to be a part of a movie that changes people’s conceptual framework, and suddenly you see things in a different way.
Ella Purnell
Men and women shop very differently, and where women are open to edgy, conceptual looks, very, very few men are.
Michael Bastian
The Dark Side of the Moon is a fine album with a textural and conceptual richness that not only invites, but demands involvement. There is a certain grandeur.
Alan Parsons
I don’t see any of my records as any more or less conceptual than the others, and I don’t really plan some overall idea in advance. The songs all get written under the umbrella of a certain time in your life, and it’s natural to find themes that repeat within these periods.
Aesop Rock
In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
Juan Goytisolo
John Baldessari, the 79-year-old conceptualist, has spent more than four decades making laconic, ironic conceptual art-about-art, both good and bad.
Jerry Saltz
The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.
Sol LeWitt
General relativity is the cornerstone of cosmology and astrophysics. It has also provided the conceptual basis for string theory and other attempts to unify all the forces of nature in terms of geometrical structures.
Paul Davies
The biggest conceptual change over the last 100 years in the way physicists think about the world is symmetry.
Lawrence M. Krauss
A healthy economics has got to have both conceptual, theoretical research and applied, empirical research.
Edmund Phelps
Great art – or good art – is when you look at it, experience it and it stays in your mind. I don’t think conceptual art and traditional art are all that different.
Damien Hirst
When I started making music I wanted it to have a narrative and be conceptual, but as time went on I thought it was probably more practical for a first album just to have good music.
Mura Masa
‘Thursday’ is a conceptual album. Whatever that situation was, I spent the whole album focusing on that situation.
The Weeknd
Being in a rock n’ roll group, or being a musician, it is in conflict in some serious cultural ways with being an observant Jew, but in a conceptual way, for me, they go together real well.
Ezra Furman
I do think from time to time that conceptual questions arise: What do we mean by equilibrium? What do we mean by this concept and that concept?
Edmund Phelps
I’m not knocking conceptual art; it’s another department, but it doesn’t move me like painting.
Paul Simonon
‘Pure experience’ is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories.
William James
I’m not the same guy that you may have seen from the ‘I Get Wet’ album. I’m not that same person, and I don’t just mean that in a philosophical or conceptual way. It’s not the same person at all.
Andrew W.K.
Even though people think I am more of a conceptual artist, I am actually very intuitive. For me, it is still a matter of allowing things to naturally rise to the top of my mental pile, and then I make them.
Cornelia Parker
There has been much talk referencing what I consider conceptual reports like the Landscape of Choice and documents created as a result of the Great Valley Center.
Alan Autry
Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of ‘I know.’ Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
Eckhart Tolle
Israel produces more conceptual products than any other country.
Benjamin Netanyahu
Every Chanel show I’ve been to is very conceptual. Even down to the music and smells, the whole thing is connected.
For a period of time, I carried cameras with me wherever I went, and then I realized that my interest in photography was turning toward the conceptual. So I wasn’t carrying around cameras shooting stuff, I was developing concepts about what I wanted to shoot. And then I’d get the camera angle and do the job.
Leonard Nimoy
The conceptual artist Ai WeiWei illustrates the schizoid society that rapid change has produced – sometimes by reassembling Ming-style furniture into absurd and useless arrangements, or by carefully painting and antiquing a Coca-Cola logo on an ancient Chinese pot.
Arne Glimcher
I love conceptual art and artistic expression.
Maria Brink
I think it’s important to have diversity in comics for a thousand reasons. It’s not just some airy conceptual thing: it’s important to reflect the humanity of the readership.
Gail Simone
I spent a lot of time on my own working out the physical vocabulary for how Gollum moved. As I say, I drew on a lot of Tolkein’s descriptions of how he moves, but also the conceptual artist sketches.
Andy Serkis
As with instant replay, NFL Films’ use of slow motion, camera angles and the narration of Facenda was not just a technical breakthrough but a conceptual breakthrough.
Tony Verna
I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures. As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling. But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate, when in fact I’m a professional student of music.
Anthony Braxton
I have been known as the minimal and conceptual artist for over five decades. I think I haven’t changed much.
Yoko Ono
I really enjoyed doing stand-up. Andy Kaufman was a big hero of mine. I tried to do conceptual stuff like he tried to do.
Matt Besser
My approach to portraiture is conceptual.
Amy Sherald
David is purely a conceptual artist. He didn’t play any instruments or paint or anything. We were painters.
Tina Weymouth
I am not comparing myself to great artists, but when you see conceptual artists at work, on some level it’s reassuring to know they can paint figuratively. Likewise, when you listen to the ’50s jazz people who do these vast solos, you buy into it more if they open by playing a tune.
Stewart Lee
My novels aren’t really generated by a single conceptual spark; it’s more a process of many different elements that come together unexpectedly over a long period of time.
Donna Tartt
‘End of Summer’ expands the way I want to express myself as a composer. It’s a piece of visual music that has this narrative and conceptual dimension to it.
Johann Johannsson
There are very few things that are purely conceptual without any hard content.
Kevin Bacon
I tried to fit it in with some previous broad conceptual understanding of some part of mathematics that would clarify the particular problem I was thinking about.
Andrew Wiles
The artist himself is actually the subject in everything after, say, 1900. Eventually, art becomes so removed from the community that you have to know about the artist before you can even look at the painting, because there is a conceptual idea going on.
Gus Van Sant
We had to do the same thing here. To top that sequel was quite a task. Mike had a couple of good conceptual humour and character ideas, which got me back into it.
Jay Roach
I have an unusual type of thinking. I have no visual memory whatsoever. Everything is conceptual to me.
Craig Venter
Metaphor creates a kind of conceptual synesthesia, in which we understand one concept in the context of another.
James Geary
All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art. This includes the art of installation, political, feminist and socially directed art.
Sol LeWitt
I have a master’s degree in photography as a fine art, and I would call my work primarily conceptual. I don’t carry cameras with me wherever I go. I get an idea of a subject matter I want to deal with and I pull out my cameras.
Leonard Nimoy
I’m a visual person, a conceptual person.
Antoine Arnault
I think the women – Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu – are doing new conceptual things and using their voices to create new American music.
Boz Scaggs
The whole idea of a trade deal is to build a fence around participants inside and give them an advantage over the outside. So there’s a conceptual flaw in that, one of many conceptual flaws in NAFTA.
Wilbur Ross
Doctrines don’t govern policy. They provide a conceptual framework by which policymakers approach their decisions. But there is no such thing as a doctrine that controls policy in every way.
Barton Gellman
I am not really interested in clothing as a conceptual art form.
Issey Miyake
The greater the conceptual significance of a literary product, the more it should be assumed that it is based on an idea that determines the whole, and that the deeper consciousness of the time to which it belongs is reflected in it.
Ferdinand Christian Baur