- Hardcover: 271 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500512175
- ISBN-13: 978-0500512173
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900 Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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Kerry Brougher, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Jeremy Strick, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Ari Wiseman, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Judith Zilczer, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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The remainder of the walk through this marriage or courtship of visual images and music includes copious works by Kandinsky, Picabia, Klee, Ciurlionis, Kupka and many others, artists who sought to visualize the effect music has on the intellect and visual/aural 'synaesthesia' as the exhibition repeatedly explains. Some rooms are for framed works, other rooms for video forms of digitalized art in motion, some are simply walls of lines and abstractions and others the idiosyncratic color organs - the true synthesis of visual art and musical performance. The works representing today are from Jennifer Steinkamp in an elegant installation, Cindy Bernard, and Jim Hodges.
Though this is not meant to be a survey of an exhibition, knowing the presentation of this VISUAL MUSIC concept heightens the appreciation of the stunning catalogue that accompanies this show. From the sumptuous design elements to the splendid color reproductions to the scholarly essays, this is a book that is not an easy read but an important one. From Jeremy Strick's cogent introduction to the book through essays on the history of abstraction and the concept of what stimulated artists to relate to music and why, to the significant 'in defense of pure music' essay by Olivia Mattis, this is a magnum opus on abstract art that is unique in every phase. Kudos to the curators from the Hirschhorn (Kerry Brougher, Ari Wiseman) and MOCA's own Jeremy Strick. Grady Harp, May 05.