"Greatness in or about art has little to do with being right. It has most to do with telling a story that imprints itself on the eyes and brains of your contemporaries."
"... all the cocksure movements of the last century have collapsed into a bewildering, trackless here and now."
"If you don't consent to understand a little, on its own terms, what you dislike, your love loses muscle tone."
"Beauty isn't beauty if it doesn't inspire awe for a specific proposition about reality."
Oh, and he nicely describes the Midwest as "the vast center of all that is periphery."
Photo by Alex Remnick, courtesy Thames & Hudson