Sublime Understanding

In 1961 Ad Reinhardt described his work in these words:

“A square (neutral, shapeless) canvas, five feet wide, five feet high, as high as a man, as wide as a man’s outstretched arms (not large, not small, sizeless) trisected (no composition) one horizontal form negating one vertical form (formless, no top, no bottom, directionless). Three (more or less) dark (lightness) no contrasting (colorless) colors, brushwork, a matte, flat, free-hand, painted surface (glossless, textureless, non-linear, no hard edge, no soft edge, which does not reflect its surroundings – a pure, abstract, non-objective, timeless, spaceless, changeless, relationless, disinterested painting – an object that is self-conscious (no unconsciousness) ideal, transcendent, aware of no thing but art (absolutely no anti-art).”