Peter Schmidt (artist)

British artist (1931-1980)

Peter Schmidt (17 May 193122 January 1980) was a British artist, painter, pioneering multimedia exhibitor, and an influential teacher. He was part of a generation of art school teachers in the 1960s and 1970s that had great impact on some students who later went on to work in art and music. He worked with Hansjörg Mayer, Brian Eno, Mark Boyle, Dieter Roth and had associations with Russell Mills, David Toop and Tom Phillips.

Quotes edit

Ten Freedoms (1977) edit

You need not kill
You need not steal
You need not be unfaithful
You need not lie
You may honour your father and mother
You need not desire other people's things
You need not desire other people's bodies
You need not make images
You may rest sometimes
You may love God.

Quotes about Schmidt edit

  • My friend Peter Schmidt used to talk about ‘not doing the things that nobody had ever thought of not doing’, which is an inverse process – where you leave out an assumption that everybody has always made and see what happens (e.g. music has to be made of intentionally produced sounds was the assumption that Cage left out).
    • Brian Eno, in A Year With Swollen Appendices, p. 178

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