Kandinsky, Complete Writings on Art

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Da Capo Press, 1994 - Art - 924 pages
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Of all the giants of twentieth-century art, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was the most prolific writer. Here, available for the first time in paperback, are all of Kandinsky's writings on art, newly translated into English. Editors Kenneth C. Lindsay and Peter Vergo have taken their translations directly from Kandinsky's original texts, and have included select interviews, lecture notes, and newly discovered items along with his more formal writings. The pieces range from one-page essays to the book-length treatises On the Spiritual in Art (1911) and Point and Line to Plane (1926), and are arranged in chronological order from 1901 to 1943. The poetry, good enough to stand on its literary merits, is presented with all the original accompanying illustrations. And the book's design follows Kandinsky's intentions, preserving the spirit of the original typography and layout.Kandinsky was nearly thirty before he bravely gave up an academic career in law for his true passion, painting. Though his art was marked by extraordinarily varied styles, Kandinsky sought a pure art throughout, one which would express the soul, or "inner necessity," of the artist. His uncompromising search for an art which would elicit a response to itself rather than to the object depicted resulted in the birth of nonobjective art--and in these writings, Kandinsky offered the first cogent explanation of his aims. His language was characterized by its desire for vivification, of the infusion of life into mundane things.Considered as a whole, Kandinsky’s writings exceed all expectations of what an artist should accomplish with words. Not only do his ideas and observations make us rethink the nature of art and the way it reflects the aspirations of his era, but they touch on matters vital to the situation of the human soul.
 

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This book was basically my Bible for a year while I was writing my master's thesis on Kandinsky. An excellent source of Kandinsky's writings well structured and great introduction. After letting this ... Read full review

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1
1901
33
19091910
52
From the Catalogue of the Second Exhibition
81
Whither the New Art?
96
19111912
109
FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
125
B PAINTING
156
Small Worlds
486
1923
488
Bauhaus 19191923
498
1925
508
1926
519
Appendix
525
The Value of Theoretical Instruction in Painting
701
Violet
719

Vffl Art and Artist
210
Schoenbergs Pictures
221
Contents
262
19121913
286
Autobiographical NotePostscript
341
ReminiscencesThree Pictures
355
1914
392
1916
407
1919
421
Russias Artistic Spring
428
1920
434
Program for the Institute of Artistic Culture
455
1921
473
A New Naturalism?
480
Statement in the Catalogue of the October Exhibition
730
Bare Wall
731
The Blaue Reiter Recollection
744
1932
761
Line and Fish
774
1936
784
19371938
798
XXe Sitcle
813
Letter to Irmgard Burchard
829
1942
842
Kandinskys Drawing and Painting School ca 1902
848
Editors Notes
861
Bibliography of Kandinskys Writings
911
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Kenneth C. Lindsay is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York in Binghamton. He has published widely on Kandinsky. Peter Vergo is professor of art history and theory at Essex University in England, and has published extensively on twentieth-century German and Austrian art.

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