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    Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: painting 
     
    I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: painting 
     
    There is a black which is old and a black which is fresh. Lustrous black and dull black, black in sunlight and black in shadow.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: black 
     
    If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting, you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place. I wouldn't know where to send a student to study.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: painting 
     
    We all name ourselves. We call ourselves artists. Nobody asks us. Nobody says you are or you aren't.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: artist 
     
    I tried to oppose the academic to the marketplace.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    I want to emphasize the idea of black as intellectuality and conventionality.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: ideas  black 
     
    The eye is a menace to clear sight.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: eyes 
     
    The job at Brooklyn is interesting because Brooklyn reflects what happened to university art departments everywhere. It might be the worst department now, and yet at one point it was the best in the country.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: job  university 
     
    My paintings are the last paintings one can make.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: painting 
     
    Art is not the spiritual side of business.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    As for a picture, if it isn't worth a thousand words, the hell with it.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: hell  worth 
     
    The artist should once and forever emancipate himself from the bondage of appearance.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: forever  artist 
     
    Painting cannot be the only activity of a mature artist.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: artist  painting 
     
    It is not right for painters to think that painting is like prostitution, that 'first you do it for love, then you do it for others, and finally you do it for money.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: right  painting  money 
     
    I like the idea of the museum world and the university-academic situation where artists talk to each other or where artists or art students study with artists.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: world  ideas  artist 
     
    Only a bad artist thinks he has a good idea. A good artist does not need anything.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: bad  ideas  artist 
     
    The only way to say what abstract is, is to say what it is not.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    The one object of fifty years of abstract art is to present art-as-art and as nothing else, to make it into the one thing it is only, separating and defining it more and more, making it purer and emptier, more absolute and more exclusive - non-objective, non-representational, non-figurative, non-imagist, non-expressionist, non-subjective. the only and one way to say what abstract art or art-as-art is, is to say what it is not.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: present  year 
     
    An artist who dedicates his life to art, burdens his art with his life, and his life with his art.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: artist 
     
    Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    As an artist I would like to eliminate the symbolic pretty much, for black is interesting not as a color but as a non-color and as the absence of color.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: artist  black 
     
    The ugliest spectacle is that of artists selling themselves. Art as a commodity is an ugly idea... The artist as businessman is uglier than the businessman as artist.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: ideas  artist 
     
    The more an artist works the more there is to do.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    tags: work  artist 
     
    Art is art. Everything else is everything else.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That's an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that.
    — Ad Reinhardt
    My painting represents the victory of the forces of darkness and peace over the powers of light and evil.
    — Ad Reinhardt
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