Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #84

You cannot justify good art, you can only promote it.

Art cannot be justified in words. It goes from feeling to feeling, unobstructed by explicit measures of value. It is measured entirely by its effect, which is neither quantifiable nor definable.

This does not mean that art is “just a matter of taste.” Taste is not the determinant of goodness, it is the pathway to it. When you get there you don’t have to say why something is good art. All you have to do is point and say, “That is.”

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