Keeping the Art Conversation Real

Thinking about the biography of Albert Gleizes has led me in a thousand directions, all of them relevant to current events. Where I get into trouble is in deciding what to talk about first. Sometimes I think the French art conversation is the place to start since it’s part of the larger political picture and since some of the factions that struggled with each other a hundred years ago are still with us. However it is not my intention to promote any one faction. My goals include gaining a better understanding of what was being said, and illustrating its relevance to the United States. That is, to people in the United States that aren’t already part of an artistic elite.  I’m not aiming for a paternalistic art conversation, but a conversation that is capable of preparing everyone to participate, even if it takes several generations.  I’ve finally decided that maybe the best way to begin is to make a list of related topics. If any of you have expertise in any part of this list, please don’t wait for me—go ahead and write about it.

1. The politics behind the rivalry of Pablo Picasso and Albert Gleizes

2. The crucial difference between Gleizes and Picasso as explained by the
theories of Jacques Maritain

3. The place of the occult in art

4. The doctrine of Personalism as it applies to The Self, to art and to the
occult

5. The relationship between theology and art in the West and the Orient

6. French influence in Germany and Russia before the world wars

7. The occult revival in Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall

8. The devil and the problem of evil in Western culture

9. Differing views of reality as represented by Albert Gleizes and the
Catholic Church

10. Picasso as mage

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