Mary Corse
United States, b. 1945

I paint because . . . it becomes the most meaningful when you say, “What are we doing here?” And for me, I have to have something that has a huge, broad context . . . the infinite, something bigger than ourselves . . . just as in mathematics . . . asking a question into an invisible world.

Mary Corse, in “Mary Corse Oral History,” interview with Rani Singh, Getty Research Institute, filmed in 2011 at Corse’s studio in Topanga Canyon, California, video, 1:02:12 hours, available at