PRINT October 1970

An Ad Reinhardt Monologue

WELL, IN MY CASE, I got out of Columbia and I got onto the WPA project and then into the American Abstract Artists group which had almost all the abstract artists in the country in it, about 40 or 50. There weren’t many abstract artists not in it. I think Stuart Davis didn’t belong because he still liked belonging to the social protest groups.

I’m talking about 1935 and 1936. Intellectually and esthetically the important thing was that there was absolutely no relation between the abstractionists and the Surrealists. The main idea and the whole tradition of abstract art centered pretty much around art as art or that art either had to involve with esthetic essence or not. Whereas the Surrealists were involved with everything else. I suppose even programmatically they were anti-art. They were involved in, I don’t know, life or love or sex or I don’t know what. They were living it up. I remember

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