Antidote & Anti Form
"After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations." - David Sedaris


John Baldessari, Perfect Painting, 1967 - 1968.











Three Flags

Mas o Menos

Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958.
Frank Stella, Mas o Menos (More or Less), 1964.











Die Fahne Hoch

Frank Stella, Die Fahne Hoch, 1959. Enamel on canvas. 121 5/8 × 72 13/16 in.


Die Fahne Hoch = raise the flag high - phrase from Nazi marching song











The painting is "a flat surface with paint on it- nothing more." - Frank Stella

Stella painting

“Frank Stella is not interested in expression or sensitivity.  He is interested in the necessity of painting…Frank Stella’s painting is not symbolic.  His stripes are the paths of brush on canvas.  These paths lead only into painting.”
– Carl Andre
Stella painting











The Marriage of Reason and Squalor

Frank Stella, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, 1959.  7' 6 3/4" x 11' 3/4".


squalor = a filthy and wretched condition or quality










New Madrid

A picture is "a flat surface with paint on it - nothing more." - Frank Stella

"My painting is based on the fact that only what can be seen there is there.  It really is an can see the whole idea without any confusion...what you see is what you see." - Frank Stella
Frank Stella, New Madrid, 1961.











Frank Stella, Gray Scramble, 1968 - 1969.











Hatra I

Frank Stella, Hatra I, 1967.


Hard-edge = style of painting in which paint application is intentionally impersonal and is comprised of particularly sharp delineated areas of color











1965 Barbara Rose essay on ABC Art discussed the recent emergence of "an art whose blank, neutral, mechanical impersonality contrasts so violently with the romantic, biographical abstract expressionist style which preceded it that spectators are chilled by its apparent lack of feeling or content."  "...if Pop Art is the reflection of our environment, perhaps the art I have been describing is its antidote, even if it is a hard one to swallow."


Donald Judd, Untitled, 1968.











Inspired by Ad Reinhardt's declaration, 12 Rules for a New Academy
"No texture, no brushwork, no drawing, no forms, no design, no color, no light, no space, no time, no size or scale, no movement and finally no object." - Ad Reinhardt
Ad Reinhardt's Blue Paintings
Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting no. 4, 1961.






















''I had to leave out a lot of things that one expects to see in a painting,'' Martin has said of this work. ''I was painting about happiness and bliss and they are very simple states of mind I guess. Morning is a wonderful dawn, soft and fresh.'' She began making delicate hand-drawn grids in 1960. This painting is based on a rectangular system of co-ordinates, but the total effect is like an atmospheric veil." - Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin, Morning, 1965.










Agnes Martin, Friendship, 1963.