This is the one lesson from the East and from the West. The forms of art are always preformed and premeditated. The creative process is always an academic routine and sacred procedure. Everything is prescribed and proscribed. Only in this way is there no grasping or clinging to anything. Only a standard form can be imageless, only a stereotyped image can be formless, only a formula-ized art can be formulaless. There is no other way of getting rid of all qualities and substances. Finally there is nothing in the purest art to pin down or point out. Nothing is attached to any miserable creature or jolly soul, or to any special place, or "out of joint" time, or to any kind of pleasure or pain.



from TIMELESS IN ASIA in Art News, January 1960.


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