(Mina Loy edition)
LOVE of others is the appreciation of one’s self.
MAY your egotism be so gigantic that you comprise mankind in your self-sympathy.
—“Aphorisms on Futurism”
The worst kind of sex maniac is the censor…
—“Censor Morals Sex.”
The pattern of a work of art is interposed between the artist’s creation and the observer in the mode of a screen formed by the directing lines or maps of the artist’s genius.
This is the essential factor in a work of art.
The old masters presented the esoteric plan of their individuality superimposed upon a “subject.”
The moderns present the map of their individuality without the secondary reconstruction of the pictorial coherence of our customary vision.
Every time we recgonise the work of any given master it is by the singularity of this map of his aesthetic system. Never by the subject.
It would be a reductio ad absurdum—the ability to judge a work of art by the subject it represents.
If the pictorial aspect were the fundamental entity of a work of art, a new subject by a known master would be unattributable; “So and so” paints girls in sunlight——tomorrow he paints a man in a subway. By what law do we recognise the individuality of the master?
By the identity of this metaphysical pattern with his personal aesthetic. This knocks mere subject out of the reckoning as an indispensable element in art.
—“The Metaphysical Pattern in Aesthetics.”