Observing

Our World

  • “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.”

    Agnes Martin

  • “We favor the simple expression of the complex thought.”

    Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb

  • “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being.”

    John Coltrane

     
  • “Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

    Victor Pinchuk

  • “In my inner soul art and life are inseparable.”

    Eva Hesse

  • In November 1958, Mark Rothko gave an address to the Pratt Institute. In a tenor unusual for him, he discussed art as a trade and offered “[the] recipe of a work of art—its ingredients—how to make it—the formula.


    1. There must be a clear preoccupation with death—intimations of mortality… Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.
    2. Sensuality. Our basis of being concrete about the world. It is a lustful relationship to things that exist.
    3. Tension. Either conflict or curbed desire.
    4. Irony, This is a modern ingredient—the self-effacement and examination by which a man for an instant can go on to something else.
    5. Wit and play… for the human element.
    6. The ephemeral and chance… for the human element.
    7. Hope. 10% to make the tragic concept more endurable.


    I measure these ingredients very carefully when I paint a picture. It is always the form that follows these elements and the picture results from the proportions of these elements.”