Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sam Francis on Painting, 1957

"What we want to make is something that fills utterly the sight, and can't be used to make life only bearable; if the painting till now was a way of making bearable the sight of the unbearable, the visual sumptuous, then let's now strip away... all that." 

- Sam Francis in a letter to MOMA curator Dorothy Miller in 1957

 Sam Francis installing his 1957 show at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York. 
 Photo courtesy Martha Jackson Gallery Archives:
University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, State University of New York at Buffalo

The above quote and photo are from: 

The Sam Francis: Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings, 1946–1994

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