northanger (northanger) wrote,

missing object


yesterday added links to JPL Small-Body Database Browser updating 827 List & Cycle #35. also removed some links & labels, eg. #1773-RUMPELSTILZ now links to Rumpelstiltskin & not Donald Rumsfeld. aha! there's a delete key on here! #1297-QUADEA removed on Cycle #36.

Returning to his studio one evening at dusk, Wassily Kandinsky was enchanted by “an unexpected spectacle.” He suddenly saw “an indescribably beautiful picture, pervaded by an inner glow,” he wrote in his “Reminiscences” of 1913.(1) “At first, I stopped short and then quickly approached this mysterious picture, on which I could discern only forms and colors and whose content was incomprehensible. At once, I discovered the key to the puzzle: it was a picture I had painted, standing on its side against the wall.” Kandinsky was deeply affected, and the next day attempted a re-creation of his impression of the picture; but the light was not right, and the objects in the painting obstructed his reverie. “Now I could see that objects harmed my pictures,” he concluded, noting that a “terrifying abyss of all kinds of questions, a wealth of responsibilities stretched before me. And most important of all: What is to replace the missing object?”

What is to replace the missing object? In many ways, the development of art in the 20th century was a search for an answer to Kandinsky’s question. “The object is surely dead,” Paul Klee wrote in his diary in the 1920s, “The sensation of the object is of first importance.”(2) The critic Carl Einstein concurred, noting that art is but a constant “wrestling with optical experiments and invented space.” Einstein maintained that to advance art one must transform space; and to transform space one must first “eliminate rigid objects, conventional receptacles” and in so doing, “call into question the view itself.” [+]
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