Saturday Dec 21, 2002

True Magic

“Art is magic. So say the surrealists. But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality. In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic. To worship the product and ignore its development leads to dilettantism and reaction. Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects.”

—Hans Hofmann, from Search for the Real

Note: For more about what makes magic in art, see My Artist’s Statement inside the main site gallery.

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