Knowledge of higher worlds: Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings

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University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 1997 - Art - 133 pages
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Rudolf Steiner was the founder of a philosophical movement, Anthroposophy, which was important in the early 20th century, especially in the arts. Mondrian, Kandinsky, Klee, and Beuys all attended his lectures and read his works, and Mondrian became a member of his society. His influence today is perhaps most evident in the Waldorf schools that perpetuate his innovative pedagogical theories.Knowledge of Higher Worlds reproduces drawings Steiner made during his lectures between 1919 and 1924. They appear astonishingly fresh and contemporary, brilliant, gestural, almost abstract designs and diagrams of colored chalk on black paper. Selected from over 1000 drawings that have been preserved, 40 are here reproduced in color along with excerpts from the lectures they accompanied.

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Rudolf Steiner (18611925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar. He developed his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena that has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education, science, agriculture, and the arts. He founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.

Born in 1961, Lawrence Rinder began his curatorial career in 1988 as the "MATRIX" Curator at the University Art Museum, Berkeley, California. He moved to New York in 2000 to become The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, responsible for the Contemporary Portfolio of the museum, including exhibitions and acquisitions of works made since 1985. He was Chief Curator of the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Currently, Rinder is Dean of Graduate Studies at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

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