“With cold eyes and indifferent mind the spectators regard the work. Connoisseurs admire the “skill” (as one admires a tightrope walker), enjoy the “quality of painting” (as one enjoys a pasty). But hungry souls go hungry away. The vulgar herd stroll through the rooms and pronounce the pictures “nice” or “splendid.” Those who could speak have said nothing, those who could hear have heard nothing.”
— Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Our Epoch is a time of tragic collision between spirit and matter…a time of terrible, inescapable vacuum, a time of enormous questions.
–Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
The Great Upheaval, Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim is on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario now until March 2nd.