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  • Paperback: 972 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (March 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth C. Lindsay is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York in Binghamton. He has published widely on Kandinsky. Peter Vergo is professor of art history and theory at Essex University in England, and has published extensively on twentieth-century German and Austrian art.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By danny carter on January 10, 2004
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This book is as thorough of a collection of writings by an individual as you will ever find. Including every major treatise, essay, and book by Kandisky, it goes a few steps further with every Kandisky poem (English and German translations) and play. Moreover, the book includes innumerable pamphlets and the like from the earlier late-Expressionist exhibits; also incorporated are several corrspondances between Kandinsky and contemporaries, particularly atonal composer Arnold Schoenburg--illuminating how each other's theories were mutually related and held a reciprocal influence. A little known fact, Schoenburg himself was a non-objective painter--photos of his works are among these pages, as well! Before each section is a contextual introduction to that particular writing. And much much more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Jenkins on February 15, 2010
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I left the recent exhibit at the Guggenheim pretty well confused as to how Kandinsky made his pictures work - especially the drawings & watercolors. They had a copy of this book in their reading room. When I got back home I found it on Amazon. I've been reading through this for about a month now. It's slow reading, but it may unlock the secrets of his complex compositions for me. His examples will provide the support for my studies for a long, long time.

Just remember that much of it is purely Kandinsky's opinions based on his Russian Orthodox religion. You will have to examine the passages on spirituality in terms of your own experience and decide for yourself how to project his pedagogue into your own work.

If you do non-representational art or are even at all interested in abstract art, you must read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Rickey on January 2, 2009
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I'm learning a lot from reading Kandinsky and it is wonderful to have his writings all in one place. This version has publishing hiccups (some page repeats, distracting word spacing, occasionally blurry printing) but no deal breakers and for the price I paid (used) it's a good deal. Five stars for content, one or two stars for presentation. If you're fussy keep looking but do not overlook Kandinsky.
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Finally a HUGE volume of Kandinsky's writings all in one place for anglophone readers. As we all know, Kandinsky's visual work changed the world of art forever. But many people forget that he spent years composing carefully a myriad of texts as well as textbook reflections on the nature of art, of color, of line and shape. These writings have now been gathered together in a solid translation for our delection. A lifetime of returning to reread these writings will never be enough--they nourish the mind and heart and opened my perception of the world which surrounds me, thus will also do so for you, I presume. Well worth the time and money, and also a great gift for students in both art and literature schools.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Keane on September 20, 2012
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Due to the size of the book it is not easy to carry around with me but I am enjoying it immensely especially as I find the English translations sometimes better than the French.
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