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Saturday Nov 20, 2004

No Thinking Necessary

In his 1973 documentary Painters Painting, filmmaker Emile de Antonio interviewed many of the figures, including Willem de Kooning, who, after the Second World War, had fueled the abstract expressionism movement in New York City.

de Kooning: I don’t think painters have particularly bright ideas.

de Antonio: What do they have?

de Kooning: I guess their talent is painting things. Not such bright idea for [Claude] Monet to paint his haystacks.