Inspirational Quotes from Thomas Hoving

By | February 12, 2019

Parks are works of art just as a painting or sculpture is.

Thomas Hoving

My heavily-cleverly disguised low self-regard manifested itself in my constant showing off, my addiction for publicity, and my intolerable ‘me-me-me’ attitudes and actions. But it’s done, isn’t it? And no one can really change, can they? And, hey, it has been a lot of fun being the life-long irresponsible, snarky, nasty art scamp.

Thomas Hoving

Great art should be shown with great excitement.

Thomas Hoving

My address book of dealers and private collectors, smugglers and fixers, agents, runners and the peculiar assortment of art hangers-on was longer than anyone else’s in the field.

Thomas Hoving

The ‘Artful Tommy’ will never change – and perhaps shouldn’t.

Thomas Hoving

If you don’t work yourself up into a fever of greed and covetousness in an art museum, you’re just not doing the job.

Thomas Hoving

When I became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was stodgy, gray, run by elitists. I said, ‘Hey, let’s kick the thing around.’ I wanted to attract young people to the museum. I said, ‘Make it hospitable. I want them to come. I want them to make dates, pick up girls, pick up boys – either way; I don’t care.’

Thomas Hoving

No matter how hard I tried to popularize, I never cheapened a great work of art.

Thomas Hoving

Utopia would mean a park – some large, some small – every four or five blocks.

Thomas Hoving

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