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Brandon Taylor on Kandinsky and Contemporary Painting

In an article for the Tate from 2007, Brandon Taylor looks at how Kandinsky’s ‘sensuously rich’ painting can be profitably approached now it is felt ‘that modernist depth is no longer achievable’, and that ‘the medium of painting cannot bear the weight of deep consciousness or revelatory sensation.’

Download article HERE.

  1. Patrick Bryson said…

    “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…

    • Robin Greenwood said…

      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.