Modern Art from the Collection, 1910-1918 at the Guggenheim New York

artwork: Vasily Kandinsky - "Composition VIII", 1923  - Oil on canvas, 140 х 201 cm.- Eight pictures of Russian artists Vasily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944) and Kazimir Malevich (1878 – 1935) are at the Guggenheim New York Museum until September 7th.

New York, NY – When Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc formed Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group in late 1911, the artists predicted a watershed in the arts, a große Umwälzung (great upheaval) that would radically challenge traditional artistic production. Undoubtedly, tremendous creativity and innovation characterized the years leading up to World War I, especially 1910–14. Cubism achieved recognition in Paris, sparking new artistic directions in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia. Art’s more expressionistic manifestations were at an equally momentous stage in Germany and Austria; Kandinsky wrote his influential treatise On the Spiritual in Art in late 1911 (published 1912), and abstraction took hold.