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Kandinsky: Vasily Kandinsky (1866–1944): A Selection from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Hilla von Rebay Foundation
Vivian Endicott Barnett
Published in 1982
120 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 8.10 x 11.5 inches
The combined collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Hilla von Rebay Foundation compose this sizable retrospective of the museum's signature artist, Vasily Kandinsky. The catalogue contains over fifty annotated images of works featured in the exhibition (in color and black-and-white), an introduction by Vivian Endicott Barnett, a chronology of the artist's career, and a bibliography of works by and on Kandinsky.
By 1911–12 Kandinsky's nonmimetic intent had become increasingly apparent and his paintings no longer represent objects in nature. In his canvas "No. 160b (Improvisation 28 [?])," the motifs have been obscured to an even greater degree than in the preparatory watercolour, where the cannon and the mountain at the upper left and the citadel and sun at the upper right are more legible. The images have been abstracted from nature to such an extent that they cannot easily be identified and "read."