Art Quote of the Day

NOTES 1990

12 SEPTEMBER 1990. Accept that I can plan nothing.

” Any thoughts on my part about the ‘construction’ of a picture are false, and if the execution works, this is only because I partly destroy it, or because it works in spite orf everything – by not detracting and by not looking the way I planned.

I often find this intolerable and even impossible to accept, because, as a thinking, planning human being, it humiliates me to find out that I am so powerless. It casts doubt on my competence and constructive ability.  My only consolation is to tell myself that I did actually make  the pictures – even though they are a law unto  themselves, even though they treat me any way they  like and somehow just take shape.  Because it’s still up to me to determine the point at which they are finished ( picture-making consists of a multitude of Yes/No decisions, with a Yes to end it all).  If I look at it that way, the whole thing starts to seem quite natural again – or rather Nature – like, alive – and the same thing applies to the comparison on the social level. ”

Gerhard  Richter – The Daily Practice of Painting

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