The one work for a fine artist, the one painting, is the painting of the
one-size canvas--the single scheme, one formal device, one
color-monochrome, one linear division in each direction, one symmetry,
one texture, one free-hand brushing, one rhythm, one working everything
into one dissolution and one indivisibility, each painting into one
overall uniformity and non-regularity. No lines or imaginings, no shapes
or composings or representings, no visions or sensations or impulses, no
symbols or signs or impastos, no decoratings or colorings or picturings,
no pleasures or pains, no accidents or ready-mades, no things, no ideas,
no relations, no attributes, no qualities--nothing that is not of the
essence. Everything into irreducibility, unreproducibility,
imperceptibility. Nothing "usable," "manipulatable," "salable,"
"dealable," "collectible," "graspable." No art as a commodity or a
jobbery. Art is not the spiritual side of business.
from "ART AS ART" in Art International (Lugano) 1962.