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- Aesthetics is for painting as Ornithology is for the birds.
- The Abuse of Beauty: Aesthetics and the Concept of Art, By Arthur Coleman Danto, p. 1, Published by Open Court Publishing, 2003, ISBN 0812695402, 9780812695403
- Painting, like passion, is a living voice, which, when I hear it, I must let it speak, unfettered.
- American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s An Illustrated Survey, p. 250, Herskovic, Marika; nyschoolpress, 2003, ISBN 0-9677994-1-4
- We feel that our pictures demonstrate our aesthetic beliefs, some of which we, therefore, list:
- To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.
- This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
- It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way not his way.
- We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the nequivocal. #We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.
- It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. (Rothko said this is the essence of academicism.)
- There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.
- We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. That is why we profess spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.
- Does a man want to be an artist? Is it like he wants to be a priest, or a lawyer? Is the artist that kind of profession? Or, as I once actually wrote, I think every man is an artist. An artist is a matter of my birthright... what I'd like to be is a man in the world. And I paint in order to do a painting, not to... make myself into a so-called artist... I'm impelled to do something, to say something.
- Quoted in: Caroline A. Jones (1998) Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist. p. 84