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Grace Hartigan

Birthdate: 28. March 1922
Date of death: 15. November 2008

Grace Hartigan was a second-generation American Abstract Expressionist painter and a member of the New York School. Wikipedia

Quotes Grace Hartigan

„I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure — that doesn't deter me in the least.“

—  Grace Hartigan

As quoted in Contemporary Artists: A-K (2002) by Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast, p. 680
Context: I feel that we are living a very fragmented life; the whole world — you too. So I perceive the world in fragments. It is somewhat like being on a very fast train and getting glimpses of things in strange scales as you pass by. A person can be very, very tiny. And a billboard can make a person very large. You see the corner of a house or you see a bird fly by, and it's all fragmented. Somehow, in painting I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure — that doesn't deter me in the least.

„Now as before it is the vulgar and the vital and the possibility of its transformation into the beautiful which continues to challenge and fascinate me… Or perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor — emotional pain remembered in tranquillity.“

—  Grace Hartigan

Statement to World Artists : 1950-1980 as quoted n "Grace Hartigan, 86, Abstract Painter, Dies" in The New York Times (18 November 2008)
Unsourced variant: I have found "my subject", it concerns that which is vital and vulgar in American life and the possibility of its transcendence into the beautiful.

„I didn’t choose painting … It chose me. I didn’t have any talent. I just had genius.“

—  Grace Hartigan

As quoted in "Grace Hartigan, 86, Abstract Painter, Dies" in The New York Times (18 November 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/18/arts/design/18hartigan.html?_r=2

„Pop Art is not painting because painting must have content and emotion.“

—  Grace Hartigan

As quoted in "Grace Hartigan, 86, Abstract Painter, Dies" in The New York Times (18 November 2008)

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