Critical Writing Index

Wassily Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art and the video works of Sylvia Safdie, Marisa Portolese, Marielle Nitoslawska, and Sarindar Dhaliwal

by Loren Lerner

Journal of Canadian Art History, Fall 2012, v. 33, no. 2, pp. 100-126

The article discusses the video art of Canadian immigrant or second-generation immigrant artists, including Sylvia Safdie, Marisa Portolese, and Marielle Nitoslawska, in the light of Wassily Kandinsky's book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art." Topics mentioned include how each artist's religious and cultural background is manifested in their art, how an emerging post-secular approach to religion is arising in art, and how Kandinsky's ideas are reflected in each work.

ITEM 2012.051 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Dust (2009)Sylvia Safdie

In Wall, A Triptych (2009)Sylvia Safdie

The Guardian (2009)Sylvia Safdie

Morning (2009)Sylvia Safdie

Pieta (2010)Marisa Portolese

A Descent into the Maelstrom (2010)Marisa Portolese

Possible Movements (2010)Marielle Nitoslawska: Sensations of Sacred Space

Olive, Almond & Mustard (2010)Sarindar Dhaliwal