About two weeks have passed since I wrote my first post, and today I just realised that reading the three books I mentioned is part of a personal interest in the relationship between tradition and novelty in arts in general. Here are pieces of evidence :
“Concerning the Spiritual in Art” by Wassily Kandinsky :
When this book was published (1912), abstract art was relatively recent. Kandinsky states how abstraction is a need for him as an artist, and how a new language has to be learnt and new marks have to be found. Now, more than a hundred years later, the reader can still witness the excitement of a pioneer who is only beginning to discover his own way of painting.
“The Artist’s Reality” by Mark Rothko :
Most works of the american painters that were later called “abstract expressionists” may have seemed revolutionary to the spectators of that time ; nevertheless, Rothko had a strong feeling that his work was part of a long tradition. This tradition includes a lot of the painters that came before him, and his love for their work can easily be felt while reading the book.
“Sculpting in Time” by Andrei Tarkovski :
The author draws our attention to the fact that filmmaking is an extremely young art, by comparison with arts like music, painting, or literature. He keeps saying that filmmakers still have to find the specificities of this art. As a filmmaker himself, he explains what he believes to be the essence of film, and introduces us to his processes to make movies in respect to this belief.
Could this interest of mine be the motivation for a dedicated thread ?
I need a little more time to think about it before committing…