The weekend before last, I was delighted to have the opportunity to catch an exhibition on one of my favorite artists Wassily Kandinsky. The exhibition is entitled Kandinsky: A Retrospective and it is currently on display at The Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, TN. It runs through January 4, 2015. Here is an excerpt of information on the exhibit from the center's website:
Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Wassily Kandinsky is often credited with creating the first purely non-objective painting. Featuring more than 100 paintings, watercolors, drawings and a reconstituted mural, Kandinsky celebrates some of the most significant aspects of the artist’s oeuvre. Beginning with his early paintings influenced by symbolists such as Edvard Munch, Russian folk painting and Fauvism, the exhibition also includes works the artist created while part of the Munich-based group, der Blaue Reiter, which greatly influenced Kandinsky’s stylistic shift toward pure abstraction. The exhibition also surveys Kandinsky’s work during his time in Russia through World War I and after the October Revolution, the time he spent at the Bauhaus in Germany, and concludes with late works he created in Paris.
Drawing extensively from the collection of Kandinsky’s works from Paris’s Centre Pompidou, which were donated by Kandinsky’s widow, the exhibition will also feature an additional selection of works by other der Blaue Reiter artists from the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, providing a context through which viewers can appreciate Kandinsky’s significance.
The show was fantastic and exactly what I needed last weekend to inspire and invigorate me. I had not slept well the night before and thought about skipping it because I was tired, but I am glad I did not. It was stimulating and more energizing than caffeine. I was struck by how much his style evolved yet elements of his style remained faithful through his final works. Here is one of my favorite late works of Kandinsky entitled Reciprocal Accords.
Here is a work used for the advertising and imagery of the exhibition, entitled Yellow-Red-Blue.
Be sure to check out the exhibition if you are in the Nashville area!