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CULTURE, CRISIS AND CREATIVITY, by Dane Rudhyar First published in 1977, Culture, Crisis and Creativity is an extraordinary vision of existence that explodes the popular myth of cultural omniscience, omnipotence, and permanence, while broadening the meaning and value of art, music and dance. Exposes fascism in art and music, as well as in culture and politics.
   There comes a time, suggest Rudhyar, when for the sake of our spiritual heritage, we should consider breaking away from established patterns and values that have been imposed upon us through our culture. 'Spirit creates, culture reproduces.'
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Concerning My Painting. An excerpt from the unpublished autobiography RUDHYAR: Person and Destiny. Rudhyar speaks of the place and significance of painting in his life, and explores purpose of Art and the role of the Artist in the world. From 1983.

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If I had been able to pursue my musical activities and if performances of my compositions had been possible, I most likely would not have started to paint. But I soon recognized that behind this new creative activity was a twofold purpose of destiny, though at first I was not aware of it. The first purpose was that I had to experience artistic creativity in two basically different ways, each of which had definite psychological connotations and values in the plenary development of my consciousness through experiences polarized at two different levels of self-revelation: music, which operated for me at the level of time-sequence, that is, in terms of a subjective psychic dimension; and painting, an expression of forms and symbols objectively realized in space.

- from "Concerning My Painting"

While living in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the mid-1930s Rudhyar formed friendships with Raymond Jonson and other abstract artists exploring the spiritual in art.
      On the evening of 7 June 1938, Raymond and Vera Jonson, Lawren and Bess Harris, Emil and Mayiorn Bisttrim, Horace and Florence Pierce, Stuart Walker, Cady Wells, Alfred Morang, Dane Rudhyar and others met to discuss their common interest in abstract and non-objective art. On 10 June 1938, the Transcendental Painting Group was officially formed. Rudhyar was instrumental in formulating the group's theoretic foundations, and, with Raymond Jonson, wrote their manifesto. Later, Rudhyar drew Agnes Pelton into the group. Rudhyar himself began painting, soon creating notable works.


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