“When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in an eternity before and after, the little space I fill engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces whereof I know nothing, and which know nothing of me, I am terrified. The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me…”
"What is it that an artist does when he is left alone in his studio? My conclusion was that if I was an artist and I was in the studio, then everything I was doing in the studio should be art… From that point on, art became more of an activity and less of a product."
"I work out of good faith. I don’t think one operates out of a sense of doom. I think one operates out of a sense of hope. Even if that hope becomes frustrated. It’s the only way to do anything."
“A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”
“Then one day around 1970 I walked into a SoHo gallery and saw a 45-foot painting. I looked at this thing and thought - this is crazy. It was for the institutions that we’d been hating. Where does this go? A lobby, a bank, a museum, a rich person’s house, come on. At the time my paintings were a healthy 90 by 110 inches. Nice wall-filling items. And I said, I don’t want to do this. I want to do paintings that hang in my friends’ apartments on Tenth Street.”
"When I went to art school, I was just having fun. I realised that was the last chance I had, and then I would have to get a job."