“3 January 1988. Art is the pure realization of religious feeling, capacity for faith, longing for God.
All other realizations of these, the outstanding qualities,abuse those qualities by exploiting them: that is, by serving an ideology. Even art becomes ‘applied art’ just as soon as it gives up its freedom from function and sets out to convey a message. Art is human only in the absolute refusal to make a statement.
The ability to believe is our outstanding quality, and only art adequately translates it into reality. But when we assuage our need for faith with an ideology, we court disaster.”
– Gerhard Richter, The Daily Practice of Painting; Writings 1962-1993