Curiosity is the main energy...
Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made - I try to act in the gap.
I feel as though the world is a friendly boy walking along in the sun.
A newspaper that you're not reading can be used for anything; and the same people didn't think it was immoral to wrap their garbage in newspaper.
And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
(art is) a means to function thoroughly and passionately in a world that has a lot more to it than paint.
It's almost as if art, in painting and music and stuff, is the leftover of some activity. The activity is the thing that I'm most interested in. Nearly everything that I've done was to see what would happen if I did this instead of that.
This was my first encounter with art as art (he saw 'Pinky' painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence and 'The Blue Boy painted by Thomas Gainborough)....somebody actually MADE those paintings....(it) was the first time I realized you could be an artist.
The only thing that I could get with chance, and I never was able to use it, was that I would end up with something quite geometric or the spirit that I was interested in, indulging in, was gone.
And all of this, all these physical aspects of painting at that time excited me very much. You could do a picture in just black and white. I mean all the things, whether you're soliciting permission or not, do give you permission.
Every time I've moved, my work has changed radically.
I think maybe chance works better in a situation like music because music exists over a period of time, and you don't maintain constantly the you can't refer back from one area to another area.
The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
Well, I like way downtown near the Battery. I lived down there at this time and for, I guess, the following well, this is where I moved to uptown and I've been here for four years and this is 1965.
Albers's rule is to make order. As for me, I consider myself successful when I do something that resembles the lack of order I sense.