Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #20

Good new art may not look like art.

In my younger and more impressionable years I was told by an older, more experienced artist that Jackson Pollock was not a good painter because he didn’t use a brush. This was a problem for me because Pollock looked good to me. But he was right—those drips and splatters sure didn’t look like art.

They do now.

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