Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future

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Believing the world was not yet ready for her art, she stipulated that it should remain unseen for another 20 years. The project of Hilma af Klint and her female colleagues was the result of great maturity, of confidence and collective efforts, performed both in work and in life. 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. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. Since the late nineteenth century, an array of spiritualist teachings had been revolutionizing religious understanding the world over.

But then, as Julia Voss reveals in her new biography, Af Klint started to receive messages from another world – and her life in this one was irrevocably altered. She was also a mystic who said that her most powerful, abstract works were painted under the direction of higher spirits communicating from the astral plane.

The volume also delves into her unrealized plans for a spiral-shaped temple in which to display her art. This rarely seen series of works on paper renders orbital, enigmatic forms, visual allegories of unification and separateness, darkness and light, beginning and end, life and death, and spirit and matter.

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. Julia Voss’s dazzling and timely biography of Hilma af Klint explores not only the life of this extraordinary artist but highlights the important contributions of both mysticism and women artists—so long excluded from the art-historical canon—to the story of modern art.The invention of the telegraph and telephone made it possible to communicate over long distances, and spiritualists believed it was possible to speak with the dead.

Of crucial importance is the issue of spirituality in af Klint’s painting - how she managed to translate both the material and the immaterial world into a pictorial vision. Until recently overlooked by art historians, she is now lauded around the world, and was the subject of the highest-attended single exhibition in the Guggenheim’s history, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. Although they never met, Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian shared a deep dynamic connection to the natural world and began their careers as landscape painters. The exhibition] remains as radical as ever and offers a welcome retort to modernism's male-centric narrative. 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 will be happy to offer you a full refund, replacement or exchange on any items excluding custom prints, Goldfinger + Tate furniture, face coverings and pierced earrings. 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. Curator Leah Dickerman of the Museum of Modern Art in New York wrote: “[Af Klint] painted in isolation and did not exhibit her works, nor did she participate in public discussions of that time. As well as shining a light on an exceptional talent, this book provides a rare window on the struggle of a woman artist to find a new language in a world where idealism was fading fast.

Guggenheim Museum in New York, Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, broke all attendance records, attracting more than 600,000 visitors—more than any exhibition since the museum’s founding.A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars, and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century.



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