Friday, April 08, 2011
Rackstraw Downes interviewed by Philip Lopate

"I remember Katz looking at a geometrical painting I had on my easel. He said, Oh, that’s very interesting, it looks like an early Winslow Homer!

There was no barrier there between figurative and abstraction at all! He meant that it had a sweet feeling to it. Like Sir Homer would crack the whip and took all those little boys in the field, you know? It had a sweet feeling. It was grey and yellow and white, and it was a sweet abstract painting. There was no division at all there. Fairfield’s house was full of beautiful de Koonings actually."

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