I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
Context begins with other artists - seniors and mentors.
Usually I throw away what I don't get right the first time.
I've also been willing to share any help that I could give to any other artist.
As time goes on, I realize more and more that, beginning in the early 30's, David Smith began setting the precedent for what was to come later for many of us.
For me context is the key - from that comes the understanding of everything.
I met David Smith through my former wife, Cornelia, who'd studied with him.
In the '50s Morris Louis and I were not known, David Smith and Helen Frankenthaler were not much known.
With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity - and never a clique.
Pollock was well known, certainly, but for all the wrong reasons. He was known as much for being wild and unconventional in his working methods as for being a great artist.
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