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Dan Flavin

 Dan Flavin, Untitled (for Ad Reinhardt) 2d, 1990.

“Thou Shall Not”

I’m not a theoretician and I’m not a historian and I’ve never spoken about someone who was dead before.

Black Painting

The black painting that I own is made up of dark brown, green, and dark violet. Those paintings are very hard to see. You often hear collectors moan about their lighting, and how much it costs them to light the painting.


Why did Ad wear white to paint black paintings? What does it mean? These questions have been on the back burner for a long time, waiting for an answer.

Why I called a painting of mine “Reinhardt’s Daughter”

Anyone who loves modern painting cannot get around Ad Reinhardt. You have to relate to him in some way or another.

How to Look at Space

All through history a man's idea of what was "real" depended mainly on how he felt and what he thought about "space."

Fear of Space

“Once space scared people. Space was a big, blooming, buzzing confusion. Even now, what space (or people) represent is still a big mystery but we know more about what they ‘do,’ today.”

Dark Walls

I met Ad Reinhardt at Hunter College in 1961, where he taught “Oriental” Art in the Graduate Art Department.

An Architect on Reinhardt

The Ad Reinhardt show at David Zwirner is one of the most sublime exhibitions I have ever seen. It is remarkable to see this many of the paintings together.

Ad Reinhardt: Charismatic Weirdo

Art history textbooks don’t typically mention that Ad Reinhardt was a charismatic weirdo, but that’s usually what I’m thinking when I’m standing in front of one of his paintings

On Artistic Duty

The duty of the artist is something that may reflect ubiquity and may reflect nothing but moldering delusion. Reinhardt is a paragon of artistic duty in my eye.

James Turrell

Reinhardt is one of the great underrated artists. The dark color coming out of darkness is amazing in his work.

Next Flight To New York

In front of his canvases of great formal economy, in which the spectacular is rejected in favor of an extreme negativist reasoning, I found the same preoccupations as my own.

Reinhardt After May ’68

The legacy of Ad Reinhardt, for me, is Conceptual art.

Carl Andre

Carl Andre, 1963. Image courtesy the artist.

Ad Reinhardt: Gang Star Rapper

Ad Reinhardt belonged to a generation of artists historically referred to as the New York School or the School of Non-Objective Painters or, alternatively, the Abstract Expressionists.

Quasi-Infinities and the Waning of Space

For many artists the universe is expanding; for some it is contracting.

A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art

Ad Reinhardt’s Chronology (Ad Reinhardt—Paintings by Lucy R. Lippard) is a somber substitute for a loss of confidence in wisdom—it is a register of laughter without motive, as well as being a history of non-sense.

A Portend of the Artist as a Yhung Mandala

The Art World was recreated in 4 days in 4 sections, 40 years ago, and originally in 4004 B.C.

Reinhardt as Magician

Reinhardt’s painting is like fog climbing over the Golden Gate Bridge—the more that is hidden, the more there is to see.

Dark Clothes

I was a student in the Art Department of Brooklyn College in the 50s. I took an art history class taught by Ad Reinhardt.

Against the Proposition that “Art is Art and Everything Else is Everything Else”

As much as I admire him, I am here to argue against one of Reinhardt’s more famous pronouncements: “Art is art. Everything else is everything else.”

On Demand

Ad Reinhardt’s series of black paintings far predate Kaufman’s vertical hold (and its later Carrey incarnation) but fundamentally share in its desire for content to foil its mediation.

Reinhardt in Storage

During the 1970s I worked for the McCrory Corporation, which had a large collection of mostly Constructivist and geometric art.

Remembering Ad Reinhardt

Despairing of ever making a living as an artist, I took graduate courses in art history in the early 1960s in New York City.

Drawing Lines

I discovered Ad Reinhardt in the summer of 1980 through a tape recording of a lecture he gave at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1967.

The Dehumanization of Art: Jose Ortega y Gasset and Ad Reinhardt

Lately writers have defined post-modernism in various ways, but they share in common the belief that the age of modernist art is over and that a new set of theories is needed to describe art today.

Ed Moses

I met Ad Reinhardt for the first time when he came and spoke in 1962 at the Pasadena Art Museum.

Running into Reinhardt

One day on the street, Smithson and I ran into Ad Reinhardt, whom we both respected immensely.

A Few Notes on Art

John Crosby, “A Few Notes on Art,” New York Herald Tribune Incorporated, 1963.

Byron Kim

I can’t remember exactly when I became interested in Ad Reinhardt, but it had something to do with either the New Museum library, or the Archives of American Art, and it would have been in the early ’90s, probably ’91 or ’92.

Ad’s Quest and a Flat Black Shining Moment

His paintings are ever more of a refuge from the screaming art that surrounds us.


In just about everything you read about Reinhardt, his writings—on art, on black, on abstraction—function in relation to the reception of his paintings like a dramaturg guiding performers in their roles.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Joseph Kosuth

Edited from a conversation recorded in Joseph Kosuth’s Studio, New York, October 10, 1993.

Reinhardt in Spain

During the summer of 1966, at Cuenca, a beautiful medieval city in the middle of Spain, the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art was inaugurated.

Reinhardt Melted the Ice

My initiation into the New York art world began at the height of Minimalism in the 1970s.

Philippe Decrauzat

Philippe Decrauzat is an artist who lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Reinhardt: A Metaphysical Interpretation

The history of art records a long tradition in which man tried to cancel his own individuality to focus on the work of art being made.

The Space In-Between

The viewer’s position in French Impressionist painting is an intimate one, even in landscapes.


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