Frank Stella “Quotes” | American Painter (1936- )

June 9, 2009

Frank Stella “Quotes”
I don’t know how I got into sculpture. I liked its physicality, that’s the only reason.

You can’t shake your own sensibility. No matter what the concept is, the artist’s eye decides when it’s right.. which is a notion of sensibility.

I don’t like a lot of the stuff that goes on in the art world, but it’s hard to be old and like what goes on around you.

The whole idea of making art is to be open, to be generous, and absorb the viewer and absorb yourself, to let them go into it. I have to go into all those places in order to make it work.

The paintings got sculptural because the forms got more complicated. I’ve learned to weave in and out.

I know what I want, but it’s physically beyond me now. I can work on what I can handle. It’s a playoff between the object and my physical limits.

I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.

The idea that they know what minimalism is is absurd. I don’t know what minimalism is!

People say that the paintings are always big because they’re striving for effect, but they’re also big so that I don’t trip over myself, so that I have room to work, and people can come in and be comfortable.

Abstract paintings must be as real as those created by the sixteenth century Italians.

I hate to say this.. it’s made to order. Then, I disorder it a little bit or, I should say, I reorder it. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous to claim that I had the ability to disorder it. I wish I did.

Time is what you have left.. you just march with it and use it the best you can.

Frank Stella Biography
Frank Stella (born May 12, 1936) is an American painter and printmaker. He is a significant figure in minimalism and post-painterly abstraction.

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