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BROWSE THE 2018 FALL CATALOG

From 'Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin' to 'The Swimming Pool in Photography' to 'Protest: The Aesthetics of Resistance,' with new monographs on Yayoi Kusama, Hilma af Klint, James Turrell and Jack Whitten, and announcing D.A.P. distribution for Glenstone Museum and SPBH Editions.

  

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Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

Edited with text by Tracey Bashkoff. Contributions by Tessel M. Bauduin, Daniel Birnbaum, Briony Fer, Vivien Greene, David Max Horowitz, Andrea Kollnitz, Helen Molesworth, Julia Voss.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.'

Hilma af Klint's daring abstractions exert a mystical magnetism

When Swedish artist Hilma af Klint died in 1944 at the age of 81, she left behind more than 1,000 paintings and works on paper that she had kept largely private during her lifetime. Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. But only in recent decades has the public had a chance to reckon with af Klint's radically abstract painting practice—one which predates the work of Vasily Kandinsky and other artists widely considered trailblazers of modernist abstraction. Her boldly colorful works, many of them large-scale, reflect an ambitious, spiritually informed attempt to chart an invisible, totalizing world order through a synthesis of natural and geometric forms, textual elements and esoteric symbolism.

Accompanying the first major survey exhibition of the artist's work in the United States, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future represents her groundbreaking painting series while expanding recent scholarship to present the fullest picture yet of her life and art. Essays explore the social, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, contemporary scientific discoveries, and spiritualist and occult movements. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century. The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art—a wish that finds a fortuitous answer in the Guggenheim Museum's rotunda, the site of the exhibition.


Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. Though her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century predates the first purely abstract paintings by Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artforum

Canada Choate

'Paintings for the Future' endorses Klint’s mystical conviction that the spiral symbolizes the dualities of the universe—good and evil, male and female, known and unknown—slowly reaching equilibrium.

Elle

[The exhibition] remains as radical as ever and offers a welcome retort to modernism's male-centric narrative.

Garage

Prudence Peiffer

Af Klint did not ask for her work to be destroyed, only delayed. She did not wait for the world to discover her paintings. The world had to wait for them.

Vulture

Jerry Saltz

Klint created her own optical language with visual, chromatic, structural, and narrative syntax. Her artistic ship sails some of the deepest waters around.

Sabat Magazine

[af Klint's] art’s power is in its secrecy, its marking-off of sacred space. Its period of gestation, of waiting for humanity to catch up, is a demonstration of its sincerity.

Vulture

Jerry Saltz

Gorgeous book…. The implications of these works are not only gargantuan, but also infinitely pleasurable to look at. And as written about in this wonderful volume, great to read about. By the time you put down this book, Hilma af Klint will be embedded in your visual library forever.

The Economist

She had a penchant for the occult – a “commission” from a spirit at a seance inspired her to create her most striking paintings...

Galerie

One of the most overlooked artists of the 20th century.

Barnebys

[af Klint's] striking artwork expresses a vision of non-figurative art that was ahead of her time and establishes her as a pioneer of abstract art.

NYC City Guide

Merrill Lee Girardeau

Somewhat like the biomorphic forms of a later artist like Joan Miró, many of these pieces play with geometry and floral shapes that frequently overlap as they seem to swim across the canvas.

Abitare

Cristiana Campanini

Without precedent in the history of art.

Observer

Monica Uszerowicz

Af Klint was not part of the larger abstract art movement so populated by men, but many of her paintings—vibrant, strange paintings inspired by her deep interest in Spiritism and Theosophy—predate those famous as pioneers of the style.

The New York Times

Roberta Smith

[A] superb catalog.

WNYC

Deborah Solomon

The case of Hilma af Klint is among the most fascinating in art history.

Paris Review

Nana Asfour

Though she looked conservative, af Klint was nothing if not radical.

BBC

Kelly Grovier

Af Klint set about composing for posterity an alluring eye-music that echoed back the complex psyche of her age.

Wall Street Journal

Lance Esplund

Demands that we rethink, re-evaluate and revise the lineage of art history.

Cultured

Klint's biomorphoc compositions call to mind horticultural diagrams conveived on psychedelics - and showcase a level of mysticism not found in successors like Kandinsky.

Youtube Channel "Several Circles"

Gorgeous, mind-bending paintings.

New York Magazine

Peter Schjedahl

The art, fearfully esoteric and influenced by its creator’s séances and spiritualism, matches a present mood of restless searching.

Hyperallergic

Zachary Small

The canvases are massive and their idiosyncratic shapes, squiggles, and colors provide the viewer with an overwhelming sense of wonder.

Artnet

Ben Davis

The show feels like both a transmission from an unmapped other world and a perfectly logical correction to the history of Modern art.

Huffington Post

Priscilla Frank

The paintings tap into the buzzy zeitgeist of occult spirituality.

4Columns

Ania Szremski

[The paintings are] talismanic, vibrating with hidden mystical meaning. ... they represent the enduring evolution of the entire cosmos, the triumphant union of dualities.

Washington Post

Sebastian Smee

A week after I saw [af Klint's paintings], their pulsing loveliness remains undimmed in my mind, like a self-replenishing sense memory of summer.

Brooklyn Rail

Ann McCoy

Profoundly moving. ... It is as though, in our apocalyptic time, we need af Klint’s work now more than ever, and the purity of vision and intent it represents.

New York Times

The mother of all revisionist shows of Modernism.

New Yorker

Peter Schjeldahl

The concentrated spirituality- egoless consciousness- that is delivered by the best pictures here, so fresh that they might have been made this morning or tomorrow or decades from now, feels like news that is new again.

Bookforum

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Af Klint's ascendancy feels inevitable: She could be viewed as a heroine for our current moment, an artist who rejected commercial success, resisted the pull of self-publicity, and challanged the myth of individual authorship.

Artforum

af Klint's contribution, arrayed here in all its abundant originality, threatens to reduce to a footnote the mostly male history of esoteric abstraction.

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

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Hilma af Klint: casting fetters aside

Hilma af Klint: casting fetters aside

"The Current Standpoint of the Mahatmas" (1920), Hilma af Klint's small canvas from the Series II group of paintings, is reproduced from Paintings for the Future, published to accompany the acclaimed af Klint retrospective currently on view at the Guggenheim. "Despite its consistently diminutive scale," essayist David Max Horowitz writes, "af Klint's output from these years is some of her most incisive. She had by then fully claimed her own artistic voice—a distinctly spiritual one that continued to strive for receptivity over mastery. Spiritualism had positioned her to do so, even in the face of patriarchal social mores that had limited her artistic agency. The liberating potential of her esoteric commitments is aptly, if inadvertently, alluded to in af Klint's notes, when the High Masters declare, 'The world keeps you in fetters; cast them aside.'" continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/13/2018

Tracey Bashkoff on Hilma af Klint

Tracey Bashkoff on Hilma af Klint

Measuring almost 11 feet tall by 8 feet wide, Hilma af Klint's "Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 1, Childhood" (1907) is reproduced from Paintings for the Future, published to accompany the blockbuster retrospective that opens today at the Guggenheim. "The cycle focuses on the stages of life and humanity's connection to the universe," curator Tracey Bashkoff writes in the stellar exhibition catalog. "The mix of floral, geometric, and biomorphic forms with letters and inverted words creates a vocabulary of complex and shifting meanings, with which af Klint herself appears to have grappled. In these works a plant tendril may become a spiral, which in turn unfolds into a coiling line that then scribes a calligraphic letter—codes and words from an unknown language. Two pulsing orbs are, at the same time, microscopic eggs and intersecting solar systems. These forms continue to evade singular or stable interpretations—evolution, continuity, growth and progress all coexist with a return to the beginning of the oneness of the spirit. Science and spirit, mind and matter, the micro and the macro are simultaneously present." continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/11/2018

'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future' opens tomorrow at the Guggenheim!

'Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future' opens tomorrow at the Guggenheim!

Curated by Tracey Bashkoff, the first major American museum exhibition of the visionary Swedish painter Hilma af Klint opens tomorrow at the Guggenheim, and all the art world's abuzz. "The exhibition makes an airtight case for Klint’s being the first modernist artist to paint entirely abstract," Jerry Saltz writes in New York Magazine's culture site, Vulture, going on to describe "over 160 of some of the most beguilingly uncanny and imaginative works of the last century. They amount to cosmic sonograms of unseen forces in Klint’s very large, iridescently colored canvases with their biomorphic shapes, auras, algae blooms of color, arabesque jellyfish tentacles coiling, geometric configurations, all to — as she put it — 'awaken humanity' to unseen astral-transcendental otherness." We cannot recommend the accompanying exhibition catalog highly enough. Featured image is "Group IX/UW, The Dove, No. 1" (1915) from the SUW/UW Series. continue to blog


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