color Beyond Kandinsky: Final Day: Acknowledgments

The year 2011 marks the centennial of the publication of Wassily Kandinsky's classic text, On the Spiritual in Art. Inspired by this anniversary, this project set out to explore the place of the spiritual in contemporary art and to propose a challenge to the current devaluation of the inner life that prevails within the art world in our market-driven era.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011, a ten-day virtual symposium moderated by Taney Roniger and Eric Zechman was held in this forum. The symposium closed on the evening of Friday, April 8th. Below is the full record of the proceedings.

Panelists invited to participate were: Suzanne Anker, Laura Battle, Connie Beckley, Anney Bonney, Deirdre Boyle, Nathaniel Dorsky, Jeff Edwards, James Elkins, Max Gimblett, Tom Huhn, Atta Kim, Roger Lipsey, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Joseph Nechvatal, Daniel Siedell, Charlene Spretnak, David Levi Strauss, Alan Wanzenberg, and Pawel Wojtasik. For participant biographies and other project details, please visit our site:


March 30th–April 1st: Session I: The Spiritual Then and Now

April 2nd–April 3rd: Session II: The Changing Shape of Art

April 4th-5th: Session III: Art and Its Audience

April 6th–April 7th: Session IV: The Artist in Society

April 8th: Conclusions


Friday, April 8, 2011

Final Day: Acknowledgments

On this the last day of the Beyond Kandinsky: Revisiting the Spiritual in Art symposium, I'd like to express my appreciation for everyone who contributed to the project.

Most important, I want to commend Taney Roniger for her initial inspiration for the project and for providing the critical guidance necessary to shape the material into something that would get to the heart of many of issues relevant to the spiritual in contemporary art. I know that her commitment to this inquiry began long before we ever talked about the symposium and will continue long after, as it is central to her deep commitment to her own creative work and view.

I would also like to thank Suzanne Anker, Chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts, for recognizing the value of hosting such a discussion at this point in time. While the centennial of Kandinsky's 1911 book provided an inspiration and point of departure, the interest and response the project has received underscore the continued relevance of this subject for artists today.

In addition, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the ongoing dialogues over the past 10 days, including the discussions that occurred at the Nathaniel Dorsky screening on Tuesday, April 5th. I've been struck by the incredible range of views expressed by the participants in the symposium, views that mirror the infinite variations of feeling and thought aroused by any earnest investigation of the deep mystery embodied in the spiritual.

I hope that the dialogues and conversations started here will continue.

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