Fame

DEFINITION

Great reputation and recognition; renown. Fame is famously a mixed blessing. As something to strive for, it is easily confused with notoriety or clever marketing. Better to strive for success through the attainment of great quality in one's work (preferably in a satisfying quantity), amidst love, and ultimately for posterity.Quotes: "I am not concerned that I am not known, I am concerned that I become worthy to be known." Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE), Chinese philosopher. "Do not seek fame. Do not make plans. Do not be absorbed by activities. Do not think that you know. Be aware of all that is and dwell in the infinite. Wander where there is no path. Be all that heaven gave you, but act as though you have received nothing. Be empty, that is all." Chuang Tsu (c. 350-275 BCE), Chinese Taoist philosopher-poet. "Artists who have won fame are embarrassed by it; thus their first works are often their best." Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German Romantic composer. "It's wonderful to be famous as long as you remain unknown.'" Edgar D?gas (1834-1917), French artist. See Impressionism. "OSCAR WILDE: 'You know how well known you are in England- ' EDGAR DEGAS: 'Fortunately less so than you.'" Daniel Hal?vy (1872-1962). His diary, January 2, 1896. "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes." Andy Warhol (1928-1987), American artist. See Pop Art. "It's the place [Studio 54] where my prediction from the sixties finally came true: 'In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.' I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, 'In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous.' " Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol's Exposures, "Studio 54," 1979. Related link: Artfacts.net is a London based guide to modern and contemporary art. Artfacts.net uses the information it has collected about thousands of artists to produce a continually updated "Artist.Ranking" system " according to their recognition in the eyes of professionals (i.e. curators, gallery owners)." It is possible to see a graph showing the ups and downs of each artist's ranking over the last five years. Additionally, the most popular artists at any given moment get a slot on the Top 100 chart.Also see eccentric, genius, masterpiece, posthumous, praise, publicity, and quality of life.

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