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Arnolfini - est 1961

With: Geoffrey Keeling
The painting surface has always been the rendezvous of what the painter knows with the unknown, which appears on it for the first tin An engrossment in the process of changing formal relations is the painter’s method of relieving his self-conciousness as he approaches the mystery he hopes for. Any conscious involvement (even thinking of a battle or standing before a still life) is good if it permits the unknown to enter the painting almost unnoticed.

Statement by James Brooks, “The New Decade Exhibition”, catalogue, New York, 1955.