color Beyond Kandinsky: Final Day: Open Forum

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: Open Forum

Before our symposium draws to a close this evening, I’d like to invite our panelists and members of our reading audience to bring whatever final questions, concerns, ideas and reflections they may have on our subject to the table. We’ve covered quite a bit of terrain over the last ten days, but, as is to be expected, so much has been left untouched.

Additionally, I’d like to invite the visual artists on our panel to post some images of their own work, and our writers, critics, and philosophers to post whatever they’d like to about their work with the spiritual in art. I think our readers would appreciate seeing some examples of current work that engages the spiritual in some new and exciting ways.

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