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Willem de Kooning
(1904-1997) born on
Apr 24
Dutch-US painter. He was one of the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism, particularly the form known as Action painting.
         
   
F
If you pick up some paint with your brush and make somebody's nose with it, this is rather ridiculous when you think of it, theoretically or philosophically. It's really absurd to make an image, like a human image, with paint, today.

R
An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
A
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
N
My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate. Very seldom do I start out that way. I can see of course that, in the abstract, thinking and all activity is rather desperate.
K
Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Painting As Self Discovery," interview, 30 Dec. 1960, BBC.
R: "A Desperate View," paper, delivered to friends, 18 Feb. 1949; published in "William de Kooning," by Thomas B. Hess, 1968.
A: "A Desperate View," paper, 18 Feb. 1949, delivered to friends; published in "William de Kooning," by Thomas B. Hess, 1968.
N: "A Desperate View," paper, 18 Feb. 1949, delivered to friends in New York; published in "William de Kooning," by Thomas B. Hess, 1968.
K: "A Desperate View," paper, delivered to friends, 18 Feb. 1949; published in "William de Kooning," by Thomas B. Hess, 1968.
   


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