Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Sweeter Side of Kandinsky

Accompanied Contrast (Contraste accompagné), March 1935, Photo credit: Guggenheim Museum Website
Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944, an exhibition now showing at the Guggenheim, explores the art work of Vasily Kandinsky during the 11 years he lived in France, after the Nazi shut down of the Bauhaus school in Germany.

okay, enough with the formalities...

There are very few abstract artists whose work I would care to search out. As an artist myself, I have dragged my feet when it comes to analyzing this type of work, for one reason or another. But, last year I was first introduced to the work of Vasily Kandinsky by a friend of mine and realized that there was abstract art that I could enjoy!

The work above is as large as the average human wingspan, full of rich colors, textures, and...surprisingly to me, light. Light is the last thing I would expect when I look at abstract art. He made this work with oil paint and SAND on canvas, which I thought was pretty cool. The shapes dance on a glowing background, each one interacting with the other. In the words of Anne Shirley (my favorite fictitious heroine), Kandinsky work contains a lot of "scope for the imagination!"

This work in particular was made during his time in France, at the end of his life. I have to say that the work from this time in his life strikes me as the most beautiful and well formed out of all his work. Looking at an artists work is a lot like looking at a bottle of aged wine. You hope that it holds the finest product of that artists life. I think that this exhibit shows how Kandinsky succeeded in this!

Any comments about Kandinsky's work? What about the show at the Guggenheim? Leave any comments below or on my facebook or twitter!


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