Friday, July 9, 2010

"I paint with my back to the world"

Agnes Martin, Happy Holidays, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 1999 via.

I watched an interview with Agnes Martin on the documentary series Art City recently (streaming on netflix) -here are a few of her many memorable quotes,

"I paint with my back to the world"

"I've painted a lot of paintings about happiness. I paint about happiness, innocence and beauty - the feelings that we have that go beyond the world - that have no worldly cause."

"Doesn't matter where you are - if you bring your mind to a stop you will feel a light, delicate happiness - that's tranquility"

"Everybody's rushing so much in this life, that they don't take time to really look and find out what their response is - even to their own work."

"You only pay attention to things that you like...and when you go to the museum you just look at the paintings you like - you don't look at the ones you don't like and stop and criticize and all that..."

~Agnes Martin

1 comment:

Nathan said...

her quote about going to the museum reminded me of this:

"Don’t focus on the one guy who hates you. You don’t go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit."

from ShitMyDadSays


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