Keith Boyd 6.20.07
This is Mark Rothko's 1943 Manifesto on art. I think it holds some wisdom we can all benefit from. Why is it that no one writes manifestos anymore? Is it all of the negative press around the Unibomber? If so can we agree to just drop that and get back to the good old ass-loosening, mind-freeing, term-setting rants that they are? I for one am coming out in favor of the liberating power of the manifesto. I hereby declare 2007 to be the YEAR OF THE MANIFESTO! There brothers and sisters. You are now free to start screaming.
1. To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.
2. This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
3. It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way not his way.
4. We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.
5. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted.
There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.
We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. That is why we profess spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.