" I had nothing for them (shapes and colors) to do, so I wasn't going to hire them."
Robert Rauschenberg

"The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating."
Jackson Pollock

"It seems to be possible to control the flow of paint, to a great extent, and I don't use...the accident: I deny the accident."
Jackson Pollock

" Simplicity of shape does not necessarily equate with simplicity of experience."
Morris Louis

"All I want anyone to get out of my paintings, and all I ever get out of them, is the fact that you can see the whole idea without any confusion."

Frank Stella

" A large picture is an immediate transaction, it takes you into it."
Mark Rothko

"When I begin a sculpture I am not always sure how it will end."
David Smith

"New demands need new techniques."
Jackson Pollock

"The canvas appeared as an arena in which to act...what was to go on the canvas was not a picture, but an event."
Harold Rosenberg, art critic

" I don't decide in advance that I'm going to paint a definite experience, but in the act of painting, it becomes a genuine experience for me... I'm not painting bridge constructions, sky scrapers or laundry tickets."
Franz Kline

"The Spanish Elegies are not political but my private insistence that a terrible death happened that should not be forgotten...The pictures are a general metaphor of the contrast between life and death, and their interrelation."
Robert Motherwell