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Grace Hartigan (1922 – 2008)

Abstract Expressionist painter.
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Grace Hartigan
Pop Art is not painting because painting must have content and emotion.
Hartigan quotes
Now as before it is the vulgar and the vital and the possibility of its transformation into the beautiful which continues to challenge and fascinate me ... Or perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor ó emotional pain remembered in tranquillity.
Her art was marked by a willingness to employ a variety of styles in a modernist idiom, to go back and forth from art-historical references to pop-culture references to autobiographical material.

Hartigan Grace quotes
I feel that we are living a very fragmented life; the whole world ó you too. So I perceive the world in fragments. It is somewhat like being on a very fast train and getting glimpses of things in strange scales as you pass by. A person can be very, very tiny. And a billboard can make a person very large. You see the corner of a house or you see a bird fly by, and it's all fragmented. Somehow, in painting I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure ó that doesn't deter me in the least.
Hartigan Grace
I didnít choose painting Ö It chose me. I didnít have any talent. I just had genius.
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