Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ordered and Controlled

Abstract paint areas are real areas--lofty, alive, emotionally ordered and intellectually controlled. ... Maybe you think things are o.k. and that you're "doing all right." But someday the monotonous and ugly spaces you live and work in will be organized (by your children) as intelligently and as beautifully as the spaces have been in some paintings. A painting of quality is a challenge to disorder and insensitivity everywhere.

Ad Reinhardt, "How to Look at Space," Editorial cartoon, PM, April 28, 1946.