Stella tried to achieve purity in painting using evenly spaced pinstripes on colored grounds. His canvases have no central focus, no painterly or expressive elements, and no tactile quality. His simplified images of thin, evenly spaced pinstripes on colored grounds have no central focus, no painterly or expressive elements, only limited surface modulation, and no tactile quality. Stella’s systematic painting illustrates Greenberg’s insistence on purity in art. The artist’s famous comment on his work, “What you see is what you see,” reinforces the notions that painters interested in producing advanced art must reduce their work to its essential elements and that the viewer must acknowledge that a painting is simply pigment on a flat surface.
I joined the Paolozzi Appreciation Society this morning on a visit to the Leiden University Library to see some original Eduardo Paolozzi screenprints. Crazy colors! No photograph can do justice to the vibrancy of this work.