For me context is the key - from that comes the understanding of everything.
I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity - and never a clique.
I met David Smith through my former wife, Cornelia, who'd studied with him.
As time goes on, I realize more and more that, beginning in the early 30's, David Smith began setting the precedent for what was to come later for many of us.
Because of this the representation I'm interested in is of those things only the eye can touch.
In the '50s Morris Louis and I were not known, David Smith and Helen Frankenthaler were not much known.
Context begins with other artists - seniors and mentors.
Clem had made it known that Pollock was a great painter.
I've also been willing to share any help that I could give to any other artist.
Usually I throw away what I don't get right the first time.
Pollock was well known, certainly, but for all the wrong reasons. He was known as much for being wild and unconventional in his working methods as for being a great artist.
The scene then as now was centered in New York. For the most part, I've kept a bit apart from that attractive and seductive city. I've done it by living in the country within commuting distance.
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