A square 'neutral, shapeless' canvas, five feet
wide, five feet high, as high as a man, as wide as a man's outstretched
arms 'not large, not small, sizeless', trisected 'no composition',
one horizontal form negating one vertical form 'formless, no
top, no bottom, directionless', three 'more or less' dark 'lightless'
no- contrasting 'colourless' colours, brushwork brushed out to
remove brushwork, a matte, flat, freedhand painted surface 'glossless,
textureless, non-linear, no hard edge, no soft edge' which does
not reflect its surroundings ?\ a pure, abstract, non-objective,
timeless, spaceless, changeless relationless, disinterested painting
?\ an object that is self-conscious 'no unconsciousness' ideal,
transcendent, aware of no thing but art 'absolutely no anti-art'.
Art as Art:
The Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt, New
York: Viking Press, 1975, pp.82-3.