Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Art is an experience, not an object.
What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you've made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.
Wherever art appears, life disappears.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
If you give a child something very complex to paint, such as a bouquet of flowers or a natural landscape, if he is very good, eventually he will get back - like Cezanne - to the essential forms of what he sees.
Without ethical consciousness, a painter is only a decorator.
If one were to ask a painter what he felt about anything, his just response - though he seldom makes it - would be to paint it, and in painting, to find out...
Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.
Painting that does not radiate feeling is not worth looking at. The deepest-and rarest-of grown-up pleasures is true feeling.
A subject emerges from an interaction between my self, my I, and my medium.
The problems of inventing a new language are staggering. But what else can one do if one needs to express one's feeling precisely?
I feel most real to myself in the studio.
For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous jeu d'esprit and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done. They are invariably without premeditation. I mean not only that I have no plan when I make them, I also have no plan to make them.
In the end I realize that whatever meaning that picture has is the accumulated meaning of ten thousand brushstrokes, each one being decided as it was painted.
I have been continuously aware that in painting, I am always dealing with... a relational structure. Which in turn makes permission 'to be abstract' no problem at all.
The abstractness of modern art has to do with how much an enlightened mind rejects of the contemporary social order.
Collage is the twentieth century's greatest innovation
It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.
The main thing is not to be dead.
It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of individual's and society's self-deception.
For twenty years I read a book a day, from the time I was seven until I was twenty-seven.
One's art is just one's effort to wed oneself to the universe, to unify oneself through union.
It is sometimes forgotten how much wit there is in certain works of abstract art. There is a certain point in undergoing anguish when one encounters the comic.
Every intelligent painter carries the whole culture of modern painting in his head. It is his real subject, of which everything he paints in both an homage and a critique, and everything he says is a gloss.
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