10 Quotes from post-painterly & minimalist artists


These are a selection of quotations from a mixture of artists including Robert Irwin, Frank Stella, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankethaler, Ad Reinhardt & Ellsworth Kelly. 

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“In the realm of the phenomenal, "less is more" only when less is the sum total of more.”

Robert Irwin

“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.”

Brian Eno

"The aim of art is to create space - space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration, space within which the subjects of painting can live."

Frank Stella

"There are many accidents that are nothing but accidents-and forget it. But there are some that were brought about only because you are the person you are... you have the wherewithal, intelligence, and energy to recognise it and do something with it."

Helen Frankenthaler

"I'm interested in the space between the viewer and the surface of the painting - the forms and the way they work in their surroundings. I'm interested in how they react to a room."

Ellsworth Kelly

"Abstract painting is not just another school or movement or style but the first truly unmannered and untrammeled and
un-entangled, styleless, universal painting."

Ad Reinhardt

"Usually when someone says a thing is too simple, they're saying that certain familiar things aren't there, and they're seeing a couple maybe that are left, which they count as a couple, that's all."

Donald Judd

It is what it is, and it ain't nothin' else... Everything is clearly, openly, plainly delivered. 

Dan Flavin

"As basic rules of a language must be practiced continually, and therefore are never fixed, so exercises toward distinct color effects never are done or over. New and different cases will be discovered time and again."

Josef Albers

"The representation I'm interested in is of those things only the eye can touch."

Kenneth Noland


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