Cy Twombly sketchbook, 1952-53
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"All art is but dirtying the paper delicately."
John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing (via hankeatspaint)
Jackson Pollock, photo by Arnold Newman
"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was. “
Franz Kline, c. 1960 by Walter Auerbach, Smithsonian.
Sold for £91,250 at the Contemporary Art London Evening Sale, 14 February 2013, achieving a new world auction record for the artist.
Eschewing traditional conventions of picturemaking, American artist Ryan Sullivan turns the act of painting into an exquisite alchemical process. By combining a variety of paints, such as acrylic and oil, with less conventional materials like enamel and latex, he transforms the surface of each canvas into an expressive, abstract topography.
Sullivan, who lives and works in New York City, takes daily inspiration from his casual encounters with the city’s ‘found’ abstraction: from a rusty car, to puckering tape, to the veins of a marble shop counter. Characteristically, the title of this work states the length of time Sullivan took to produce it, articulating notions of transience and mortality. By giving such titular prominence to the span of days necessary to complete a painting, the canvas becomes a record of its own making.
ryan Sullivan at Sadie Coles.