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“Only a bad artist thinks he has a good idea. A good artist does not need anything.”
Adolph Frederick Reinhardt ("Ad" Reinhardt) (Dec. 24, 1913 – Aug. 30, 1967); abstract painter active in New York beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1960s. A member of the American Abstract Artists and part of the movement centered on the Betty Parsons Gallery that became known as abstract expressionism. He was also a founding member of the Artist's Club. He wrote and lectured extensively on art and was a major influence on conceptual art, minimal art and monochrome painting. Most famous for his "black" or "ultimate" paintings, he claimed to be painting the "last paintings" that anyone can paint. He believed in a philosophy of art he called Art-as-Art and used his writing and satirical cartoons to advocate for abstract art and against what he described as "the disreputable practices of artists-as-artists".
Born in Buffalo, NY, and lived with his family in the Riverside section along the Niagara River.... He later studied art history at Columbia College of Columbia University, where he was a close friend of Robert Lax and Thomas Merton. The 3 developed similar concepts of simplicity in different directions. Reinhardt considered himself a painter from a very early age and began winning prizes for painting in grade school and high school. Feeling that he had already acquired all the technical skills in high school he turned down scholarships at art schools and accepted a full scholarship at Columbia University which he attended from 1931 to 1935. He took painting classes as an undergraduate at Columbia's Teachers College and after graduation began to study painting with Carl Holty and Francis Criss at the American Artists School, while simultaneously studying portraiture at the National Academy of Design under Karl Anderson.
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