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Artists on Artists

 In Artists & Special Collections, Robert Kipniss, Romero Britto, Roy Fairchild, Tomasz Rut, Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam“There is a childlike side in the work of the Dadaists, Klee, Miró, Calder and Picasso. I am trying to make things that are very, very serious, and what comes out of it is things that are quite friendly, gay, and sometimes even amusing. [Chaim] Soutine tried to work like Rembrandt, and yet there is nothing of Rembrandt in his pictures.” —Yaacov Agam

 
 
 

Roy Fairchild“Let’s go back to the things that really influence me, things that have been tremendously important to my eyes and my heart. Take the drawings of Michelangelo, they have a quality which simply makes my stomach knot up. They had this effect as a child, when I first saw them in books. And they still do now for the drawing is technically so good.” —Roy Fairchild

 
 
 

Romero Britto“…first and foremost Picasso [influenced me] with his exuberant structures and figures, and also the amazing Matisse with his rainbow of colors. I became familiar with these two artists through books I read in Brazil. When I moved to the United States, I was introduced to Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and the fantastic Roy Lichtenstein.” —Romero Britto

 
 
 

Robert Kipniss“Frankly, if Picasso himself wanted to teach me, I don’t think I would have wanted to study with him because I didn’t want to be a little Picasso. I wanted to fail or succeed strictly on my own terms. If you want to find that uniqueness in your work, you have to invent a way of expressing it; you have to find out how to do it. You invent how to do it.” —Robert Kipniss

 
 
 

Tomasz Rut“Some people adore Picasso, some hate him. Some swear by Pollack, and some say all art is dead besides Michelangelo. But whatever the form art manifests itself in, it is quality of what it communicates that gives art its impact. I look for inspiration in classical art. My paintings give people the ability to learn, respond, and feel comfortable with the classics.” —Tomasz Rut

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