Kandinsky’s World of Influence

(Left) Tomoko and Elizabeth catalog the book. (Center) A full-color plate. (Right) The book binding and slipcase.

Volunteer Tomoko Kanekiyo assists library intern Elizabeth Cawrse-Matthews in cataloguing a rare copy of Wassily Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, translated and published in Japanese in 1924. The powerful treatise on abstraction was first published in 1911. Soon translated and sold around the world, Kandinsky’s thoughts on color and form were vastly influential. The Phillips library also recently acquired an edition in Spanish, published in Argentina in 1956. Both editions will be on display as part of Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border, June 11–September 4, 2011.

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  1. I have had a copy (w/out slipcase) for several years of the 1924 Japanese edition (ex-library Peter Selz)–can you tell me more about it-number probably printed–are those “real” woodcuts and the like–my phone # is 415-433-6879. This is the first time I have seen a reference to this edition. I am quite excited to hear more if you have the time.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Stephen Wirtz

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