On Painting

Toward Absolute Freedom


This idea of freedom, freedom from self, it's a recurring theme lately. Here's Guston:

‘I believe it was John Cage who once told me, ‘When you start working, everybody is in your studio—the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas—all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you’re lucky, even you leave.’ Philip Guston

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