Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge
art by Hilma af Klint
“A rapturous coda to the Guggenheim’s 2018 af Klint blockbuster.” ―The New Yorker
“Revelatory and sublime. . . . Her work remains conceptually open enough for viewers to draw their own conclusions, insert their own meaning and feel transported to other glorious worlds” ―The New York Times
“I left the show believing that af Klint was genuinely telegraphing a more sustainable, equitable future for us all: a 'new period' of spiritual awareness that we all need now more than ever before.” ―Artforum
Published on the occasion of the Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge exhibition at David Zwirner, New York, in 2021 and David Zwirner, London, in 2022, this book features texts by art historians Susan Aberth and Max Rosenberg, a newly commissioned essay by celebrated af Klint scholar Julia Voss, a contribution by the artist Suzan Frecon, and a conversation with curator Helen Molesworth and US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. Though her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century predates the first purely abstract paintings by Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich.
David Zwirner Books
May 9, 2023
7.75 x 0.7 x 10.75 inches