Jean Gullo, Director
Nearly a hundred years ago Wassily Kandinsky said in his book, Concerning the Spiritual in Art:
“Painting is an art, and art is not a vague production, transitory and isolated, but a power that must be directed to the improvement and refinement of the human soul – to, in fact, the raising of the spiritual triangle. If art refrains from doing this work, a chasm remains unbridged, for no other power can take the place of art in this activity. And at times when the human soul is gaining greater strength, art will also grow in power, for the two are inextricably connected and complementary one to the other. Conversely, at those times when the soul tends to be choked by material disbelief, art becomes purposeless and talk is heard that art exists for art’s sake alone. The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.”
Art and Music: Keys to a New Age
In a time of economic crisis, of political upheaval and wars or imminent threats of war, of deteriorating public and private morals, and of hunger and oppression, why are we witnessing the greatest expansion of the arts and music of any time in the history of the world? The simplest explanation might be that we seek escape through entertainment, novelty, sensual excitement or beauty. This may certainly hold true for much of what is put out commercially for public consumption, and yet all of art and music cannot be so neatly pigeonholed or dismissed.