Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Tuesday June 21, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:24 PM

Art History

“I studied with Reinhardt and I found that a fantastic course. I think he was really very stimulating….

Art history was very personal through the eyes of Ad Reinhardt.”

— Robert Morris,
    Smithsonian Archives of American Art

Related material:

“The Road to Simplicity Followed by Merton’s Friends: Ad Reinhardt and Robert Lax” in The Merton Annual 13 (2000) 245-256, by Paul J. Spaeth, library director at St. Bonaventure University

The Merton here is Trappist monk Thomas Merton.  Here is Merton in a letter to poet Robert Lax on the death of their friend Ad Reinhardt, sometimes called the “black monk” of abstract art:

“Make Mass beautiful silence like big black picture speaking requiem. Tears in the shadows of hermit hatch requiems blue black tone. Sorrows for Ad in the oblation quiet peace request rest. Tomorrow is solemns in the hermit hatch for old lutheran reinhardt commie paintblack… Tomorrow is the eternal solemns and the barefoots and the ashes and the masses, oldstyle liturgy masses without the colonels… Just old black quiet requiems in hermit hatch with decent sorrows good by college chum.”

— from J. S. Porter, “Farewell to a Monk,”
    Antigonish Review, Winter 1997

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