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 (lightless) no-contrasting (colorless) colors, brushwork brushed out to remove 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).



[THE BLACK-SQUARE PAINTINGS] Published as "Autocritique de Reinhardt," June 10, 1963 Iris-Time.


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