Quotes by: Helen Frankenthaler
Frankenthaler in 1956
December 12, 1928|
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
||December 27, 2011
Darien, Connecticut, United States
||Mountains and Sea
||Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Lyrical Abstraction
We would sift through every inch of what it was that worked, or if it didn't, and wonder what was effective in it, in terms of paint, the subject matter, the size, the drawing.
There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about.
Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.
You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.
A really good picture looks as if it's happened at once. It's an immediate image.
One really beautiful wrist motion, that is synchronised with your head and heart, and you have it. It looks as if it were born in a minute.