"The individual searches for the secret of life and death. That is the inspiration and the key.

The reality of impressions and the impression of reality.

The ordinary event leads to the beauty and understanding of the world.

Start out and go in.

Each work is singular, each work is of one kind.


William H. Gass painted by Philip Guston for his lecture at Yaddo, “Why Windows Are Important To Me,” 1969

John Isaacs - Ah! Donald Judd, My Favourite! (1991)
I would like to say to those who think of my pictures as serene, whether on friendship or mere observation, that I have imprisoned the most utter violence in every inch of their surface.
— Mark Rothko (via niallmcclelland)

(Source: christianvillacillo, via niallmcclelland-deactivated2014)



10 Rules for Students and Teachers by John Cage
Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.
Rule 2: (General duties as a student) - Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students
Rule 3: (General duties as a teacher) - Pull everything out of your students
Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment
Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans — but not the players.
Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “x” qualities
Helpful Hints:
Always be Around
Come or go to everything
Always go to classes
Read everything you can get your hands on
Look at movies carefully and often
SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.

Always reblog

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2013
Oil, Flashe, charcoal, and acrylic on canvas.
via namtaf
» Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered



A newly deciphered letter home dating back around 1,800 years reveals the pleas of a young Egyptian soldier named Aurelius Polion who was serving, probably as a volunteer, in a Roman legion in Europe.

In the letter, written mainly in Greek, Polion tells his family that he is desperate to hear…

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