April 24, 2013
I am always in the picture somewhere. The amount of space I use I am always in, I seem to move around in it. And there seems to be a time when I lose sight of what I wanted to do, and then I am out of it. If the picture has a countenance I keep it. If it hasn’t, I throw it away.
Willem de Kooning
March 25, 2013
Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
March 1, 2013
The understanding of art depends finally upon one’s willingness to extend one’s humanity and one’s knowledge of human life.
Source: “Ralph Ellison, The Art of Fiction No. 8” by Paris Review
December 26, 2012
Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist [herself or] himself. In becoming an end, it defeats itself.
December 18, 2012
Art does not reproduce the visible;
rather, it makes visible.
Painter and Teacher at the Bauhaus
July 27, 2012
Artist and Designer Michael Cina: “Thoughtful art is not easy to do. To me, I analyze the big picture. Is the form solid? Does it have a refined maturity? Is there thought involved? What does the artist’s full body of work look like? What is his background and what is he trying to communicate? And so on.
In the end, work either communicates something to the viewer or not. That is the long and the short of it. Great work can do something without saying anything. It touches the heart and soul. You can look at an excellent Rothko in a book and dismiss it, but when you see one in person, and it doesn’t touch you, you are dead.”
Source: “Michael Cina: Interview w/Ghostly Founder Sam Valenti IV”
June 27, 2012
There’s also the saying that, in tough times, art is more important, that keeping the spirits up and the soul alive in difficult economic circumstances is terribly important.
Head of Garden and Landscape Studies at Harvard University
Source: “Reflective Art Brings Light, Color To Historic Spaces” by NPR