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Grace Hartigan

  • ... in painting I try to make some logic out of the world that has been given to me in chaos. I have a very pretentious idea that I want to make life, I want to make sense out of it. The fact that I am doomed to failure — that doesn't deter me in the least.

    • Grace Hartigan,
    • in Colin Naylor and Genesis P-Orridge, eds., Contemporary Artists ()
  • If you're an extraordinarily gifted woman, the door is open. What women are fighting for is the right to be as mediocre as men.

    • Grace Hartigan,
    • in Arlene Raven, Cassandra Langer, Joanna Frueh, eds., Feminist Art Criticism ()
  • I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers — only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.

    • Grace Hartigan
  • I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.

    • Grace Hartigan
  • Some people would say that it is not human for a woman or for a man to put their work before everything. But I don't see how you can create and not have the feeling that it is the most important, all-consuming thing.

    • Grace Hartigan,
    • in Cindy Nemser, Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists ()

Grace Hartigan, U.S. painter

(1922 - 2008)