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William Baziotes

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I can not evolve any concrete theory about painting.
Willem de Kooning, Moma Bulletin pp. 6,7, as quoted in Abstract Expressionist Painting in America, W.C, Seitz, Cambridge Massachusetts 1983, p. 135

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