Maybe I was a little jealous or envious of the abstract painters - but the truth was I thought what they were doing was boring.

— Larry Rivers

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One night in the early sixties I passed something on the Long Island Expressway just before the Queens tunnel that I must have seen for years. The billboard advertising cigars, Dutch Masters. I realized it was sort of perfect. It's weird isn't it? You're looking at Rembrandt - in neon! It was too much, it was irresistible.

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I remember everything I know even the most superficial things. And what comes out is in my canvases.

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I spent seven months in Africa and came back saying there isn't anything you can say about black people that you couldn't say about, say, pink people except that they're black.

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Any art communicates what you're in the mood to receive.

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I believe that any art communicates what you're in the mood to receive.

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I guess I've always liked the idea of being an artist.

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