CVA lecture, lines, dots and color

Published 12:49 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

On Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m., at Hampden Sydney’s Atkinson Museum, Central Virginia Arts will present a lecture from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by Anne Grasselli, on Lines, Dots and Color: Wassily Kandinsky and Abstraction.

Wassily Kandinsky was one of the great pioneering artists who led contemporary art of the early 20th century into his unique forms of pure abstraction. Ranging between subtly enigmatic and boldly explosive, especially in his use of color, Kandinsky’s art reflects his personal experimentations with the creative process. What will be studied here is how he independently produced deeply intellectual art that was rich in visual and psychological sub-matter.

Grasselli earned her master’s degree from the Courtland Institute of Art after graduating from the University of Mary Washington (UMW) with a bachelor’s in Art History. While at UMW, she studied French Impressionists, but tooled a different path when she moved to London. At the Courtland, she was most interested in the Bauhaus school in Germany, and focused on her thesis on Wassily Kandinsky and the study of visual perception. Grasselli has since worked as a research assistant for various museums, such as the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. She has also studied in France and Italy, in addition to having recently taken a museum studies course at Harvard University. Learning about different cultures and histories is a huge part of why she loves to study art.

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The lecture is free and open to the public.