November 4, 2010 | Alyson Stanfield Art Has a Spirit A work of art doesn't have a subject. It has a spirit. – Agnes Martin, as quoted in Michael Auping's 30 Years: Interviews and Outtakes Discuss share this post 6 comments add a comment Reply Will Eskridge November 4, 2010 AT 7:57AM i really needed this quote today. thank you Alyson. Agnes rules! Reply Laura Trevey November 4, 2010 AT 2:43PM Great inspiration for the day! Reply Philip Koch November 4, 2010 AT 4:17PM Undoubtedly true- when you see a great painting there are no words to describe the feeling it gives you. What the painting might have represented falls away. The funny thing is spirit is hard to grasp directly. Often we artists NEED the right subject matter to give us a head start on building something that can hold that feeling. Reply Peggy Stermer-Cox November 4, 2010 AT 4:45PM Wonderful quote; seems fitting it would come from an artist who liked to meditate and think before starting her compositions. Reply Nina Kuriloff November 4, 2010 AT 9:44PM Martin’s words speak the truth! Reply Valerie Samuel Henderson March 8, 2012 AT 8:03PM So maybe it’s about how you see the world. DaVinci talked about finding beauty in the cracks in an old wall. If you put a frame (metaphorical or otherwise) around something, does that help you see something new that was maybe under your nose but you didn’t see it? Share Your Thoughts (cancel) Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * comment Post Comment If a new comment is posted:Do not sent email notifications.Send email notification ONLY if someone replies to my comment.Send email notification whenever a new comment is posted.