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The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985

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Well-reasoned and well-written, this massive and profusely illustrated volume has transformed the study of abstract art.

From the 1890s through the present day, various forms of spirituality have influenced artists and inspired many important transitions from representational art to abstraction. Mystical and speculative philosophies with origins in both eastern and western

Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Abbeville Press (first published 1986)
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Dec 25, 2007 W.B. rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite books in my library. This is one of those "desert island" volumes. I used to get high fairly regularly. Now when I need to alter my state of consciousness, I look at these paintings and I get pretty much the same effect. Here's your SDVIG and it's not just's more the conceptual sort of SDVIG. This isn't where I first learned that "Everything that was going to happen in the 20th century in art first happened in Russian in the first two decades of the centur ...more
May 06, 2008 Jann rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in seeing paintings that are created from an inner experience of a kind of expanded consciousness, this is a fantastic book. It covers many recognized and not so recognized painters, who have expressed this inner, spiritual experience in their paintings.
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Aug 16, 2009 Martin Bromirski rated it it was amazing
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Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing
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A very interesting book that offers an "underground" history of abstract art. While I have no problem with "art for art's sake", which a lot of abstract art can appear to be, this book goes into great historical detail about how many of the developments in abstract art actually stemmed from the applied spiritual pursuits of artists, and therefore provides a sort of subject matter for many paintings that only appear to have none.

There were plenty of artists in this book I had never previously he
Mar 30, 2016 Paul added it
Great book from a great show at LACMA in 1987.
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Amazing and inspiring artwork.
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