11 June 1983 – Carpet merchants and pimps, that’s all the exhibition makers are. Not really bad, in other words, and resembling politicians only in exceptional cases. Politicians are nauseating by definition: impotent and inept, they have learnt nothing and they can produce nothing, neither a loaf of bread nor a table nor a picture; and this in-ability to create value, this total inferiority, makes them jealous , vengeful, insolent and a menace to life and limb. And if, on top of all that, they are stuffed with ideology, then their inhumanity becomes total.
3 November 1983 – Hostility to culture or art is nothing new; it is , and always has been, part and parcel of all societies. If in Poland the Writers’ Union is banned , and artists – as in all dictatorships- are persecuted,this only represents the more brutal and direct side of the hostility that art has the capacity to provoke.
Our free, democratic system has other ways of showing its hostility to art. Instead of banning art, the politicians and the state promote it on a gigantic scale, devoting vast resources to official art administration in museums, exhibition buildings, arts associations, giant exhibitions, festivals and congresses, and through an an unconscionable deluge of publications – not to speak of the positively criminal subvention of the theatre. By these and countless other measures, art is warped, crippled, buried and murdered, replaced by mammoth quantities and mammoth sums of money. Hosts of artists trained in this way work for a system wholly dedicated to administration and entertainment; it is they, more than anyone, who help to prevent and destroy art.
Art is somewhere else.
The Daily Practice of Painting – Gerhard Richter