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Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art

ISBN-10: 0486432947
ISBN-13: 9780486432946
Edition: 2004
Authors: Roger Lipsey
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Description: In 1911, modernist painter Wassily Kandinsky publishedConcerning the Spiritual in Art,a treatise on the meaning of modern art and a challenge to his contemporaries to free their work from traditional bonds. Eight decades later, the distinguished  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.35" wide x 8.50" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

In 1911, modernist painter Wassily Kandinsky publishedConcerning the Spiritual in Art,a treatise on the meaning of modern art and a challenge to his contemporaries to free their work from traditional bonds. Eight decades later, the distinguished scholar Roger Lipsey examined the response to Kandinsky’s call with this exploration of the spiritual content of 20th-century art. A compelling, well-illustrated history of art and ideas, this book focuses on the works of such renowned painters as Mondrian, Klee, Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Matisse, and Brancusi. Lipsey interprets each creation within the context of its conception, examining the movements that inspired each work, from Theosophy and Buddhism to Jungian thought and humanistic psychology. Letters, diaries, and interviews provide insights into the artists’ views of spirituality and the ways in which they approached their work as a form of meditation. 121 black-and-white illustrations.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is the Spiritual?
What Is the Spiritual in Art?
Eyes for Art
Abstraction: A Religious Art--Sometimes
Early Guides
Paul Cezanne: The Master of Us All
The First Alternative Culture: Theosophy and Anthroposophy
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Rudolf Steiner
Wassily Kandinsky in the Years of On the Spiritual in Art
Cubism
Piet Mondrian: The Universal Towers Above Us
Mondrian's Ideas
Mondrian's Art
Orphism: Giving All to the Sun
Robert Delaunay: Let Us Seek to See
Frantisek Kupka: The Realm of Rhythms and Signs
Marcel Duchamp: Burning Up All Aesthetics
Chance
The Russian Avant-Garde: Idea and Ideology
Kasimir Malevich: A Single Bare and Frameless Icon of Our Times
Constructivism: Intellectual-Material Production
The Unseen Victor: Heroic Realism
Russians Abroad, and an Afterword
Paul Klee: Closer to the Center
Paul Klee's Lecture
Joys of the Apprentice, Sorrows of the Journeyman
Paul Klee's Art
The Bauhaus: Part Shooting Gallery, Part "Metaphysicum Abstractum"
Kandinsky at the Bauhaus: A Block of Ice with a Flame Inside
Constantin Brancusi: Negating the Labyrinth
The Life and Art
Brancusi's Thought: The Laws of Craiova
Henri Matisse: In the Studio with Three Floors
Matisse's Thought: Beneath the Succession of Moments
Matisse's Art: Happy Those Who Sing
The Mediterranean Ethos: Fill the Cup and Again Cry
Matisse
Picasso
Moore
The Future of the Past
American Epiphany
Jackson Pollock: We're on Our Own, Goddamit!
Mark Rothko: They Are Not Pictures
Morris Louis: Veils
Ad Reinhardt: Late Afternoon Absorbent Twilight
Isamu Noguchi: To Comfort Us with the Reality of Our Being
Great Good Fortune
Only Stones
The Invocation Is Still to God
Modest Masters
Ben Nicholson: Abstract Art--Powerful, Unlimited
Giorgio Morandi: A Meditation on Visibility
Julius Bissier: Falling into One's Own Essence
Georgia O'Keeffe: Cutting Sharply to the Center
Et Al.
The Photographers
Seekers and Brats: Art in Recent Years
The Marketplace and the Studio
The Laws of the Marketplace
The Laws of the Studio
Walk of Life and Career
Enlightened Patronage: Dag Hammarskjold at the UN
Burning in the Light: Art and Teachings in Our Time
Two Streams
The Craft Tradition
The Duty to Deal in Essentials
Notes
Acknowledgments to Publishers
Bibliography
Index

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