Comments on: Brandon Taylor on Kandinsky and Contemporary Painting http://abstractcritical.com/note/brandon-taylor-on-kandinsky-and-contemporary-painting/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/note/brandon-taylor-on-kandinsky-and-contemporary-painting/#comment-52920 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:47:33 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6063#comment-52920 Wow, that’s optimistic, thinking we can find ‘a new spirituality’ revealing a ‘deep sense of unity’. I don’t see how that will help abstract painting and sculpture myself, though it might solve a few wars. I’d prefer to ditch the spirituality altogether for the sake of abstract art.

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By: Patrick Bryson http://abstractcritical.com/note/brandon-taylor-on-kandinsky-and-contemporary-painting/#comment-52859 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:06:59 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=note&p=6063#comment-52859 “The crisis of ‘the spiritual’ today can
only mean the politically-sanctioned clash of religious fundamentalisms (the Muslim and the Christian right)
and a pervasive anxiety about endings, instability, the collapse of entire value-systems and the onset of
religious war. For the early twentieth century and the early twenty-first alike, the question is in one sense the
same: what can painting do in the face of such a disintegrating world? But the dominant contemporary
answer – the most compelling and the most frequently heard in the culture of today’s painting – is surely
nothing.”

This is a wonderfully studied article worthy of extra study. Just wanted to comment on the – ‘The crisis of ‘the spiritual’ today’ – This is a deeply existential question of course. We need a new spirituality, fresh and unencumbered by the past that reveals a deep sense of identity that unifies and from which we can draw a new morality. I agree that painting can do nothing about the the crisis and collapse of entire value-systems but it can in the right hands be the carrier and explorer of an inspired future…

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