‘The one thing to say about art is that it is one thing. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Art-as-art is nothing but art. Art is not what is not art.’
This opening statement from the article ‘Art as Art’ by American Abstract painter Ad Reinhardt clearly advocates the complete seperation of art from life. He goes on to suggest that art should be:
‘…non-objective, non-representational, non-figurative, non-imagist, non-expressionist, non-subjective.’
This advocation of pure abstraction provided a conceptual platform for the ‘pure’ abstract paintings Reinhardt had been working on since the early 1950’s.
The article was first published in Art International, VI, no 10, Lugano, December 1962.
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