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Kandinsky: Complete Writings On Art

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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, ...more
Paperback, 972 pages
Published March 22nd 1994 by Da Capo Press (first published 1980)
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Jason Gellis
Jesus, Kandinsky! Stop writing about art. This book collect everything Kandinsky wrote about art and is over 900 pages long. It includes a good deal of poetry and wood cuts. For anyone looking to understand abstract and non-representational art you can't do much better than this doorstop sized tome. Kandinsky started relatively late (in his 30's) and describes his artistic process/thinking in great detail. Unlike most pretentious artists today Kandinsky is more than happy to discuss his abstract ...more
Jules
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 book sit on my shelf for about a year, I began to review it again and I have new found appreciation for the complexity of Kandinsky's ideas and how they reflected avant-garde tendencies that spanned his prolific artistic career.
Tom
Sep 29, 2009 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody involved in the Arts
Recommended to Tom by: just me
Wow, what a surprise. I really didn't think I could wade through this volume without being side tracked by something more tempting, but this is a great read. After reading a number of letters that Kandinsky wrote to Arnold Schoenberg, I knew the fellow could write. He has to be one of the most persuasive, articulate, originals ever to have picked up the pen, especially for a man involved in the visual arts.
Alexander
kandinsky was a brilliant economist, theosophist, and sophist - he made a market in art that still holds sway over our understanding of art...
Jez
Nov 23, 2007 Jez rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: art, own
did the art history part of my BFA thesis on Kandinsky. This huge book has all you will ever need to read by the man himself.
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Aug 22, 2008 Anna marked it as to-read
To complete my collection/encounters with Kandinsky's writing.
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“Empty canvas. In appearance - really empty, silent, indifferent. Stunned, almost. In effect - full of tensions, with thousand subdued voices, heavy with expectations. A little frightened because it may be violated” 11 likes
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