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Start with a premise and then somehow invert it - William Wegman (American Artist)

William Wegman is known as "The Dog Photographer"Wegman, who originally planned to become a painter is best known for creating series of compositions involving dogs. His interest in painting led him to photography and then video. Wegman began producing photos and short, performance videos in the early 70's, many featured his Weimaraner, May Ray, named for the famous surrealist artist. His second dog, Fay Ray, another Weimaraner, was also frequently the subject of Wegman's hilarious, thoughtful and touching work as well as her successors. "My Weimaraners are perfect fashion models", says Wegman of his subjects. "Their elegant, silky
forms are covered in gray - and gray, everyone know, goes with everything." Although primarily known as a photographer, Wegman returned to painting in the mid 80's creating a number of canvases, some filled with smoke and fire that depict natural and manmade disasters. 
His work has appeared in a variety of films, ad…

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it - Toni Morrison (American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor)

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters - George Eliot aka Mary Ann Evans (English novelist, poet, journalist, translator)

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor - James Baldwin (American novelist, playwright, and activist)

If you really have something to say, sooner or later it will be heard. And if you're lucky you'll still be alive - Marilyn Minter (American visual artist)

Give 'em hell 54th! - From Glory (1989 American motion picture)

João Gilberto on guitar could read a newspaper and sound good - Miles Davis (American jazz trumpeter)

I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality... to protect myself - Alberto Giacometti (Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker)

I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is - Jean-Michel Basquiat (American Artist)

Throughout my life I have taken detours in acting and writing, but art remains my abiding passion. - Gloria Vanderbilt (American American fashion designer)

Among living artists, George Condo may be the most embraced by the powers that be - Jerry Saltz (American art critic)

The only thing that interests me is history, reviewing the past and making something out of it. - Leon Redbone (Cyprus-born Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor)

You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way - Lena Horne (American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist)