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Art as Spiritual Activity

Rudolf Steiner's Contribution to the Visual Arts

October 1997
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  • Published
    1st October 1997
  • ISBN 9780880103961
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

This book introduces a new way for thinking about, creating, and viewing art. Rudolf Steiner saw his task as the renewal of the lost unity of science, the arts, and religion; thus, he created a new, cognitive scientific and religious art in anthroposophy. The implications of his act—recognized by such diverse artists as Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Beuys—are only now coming fully to light.

Includes a thorough and thought-provoking introduction of more than a hundred pages by Michael Howard.

C O N T E N T S:

INTRODUCTION (Michael Howard):

  1. Is Art Dead? 
  2. To Muse or Amuse 
  3. Artistic Activity As Spiritual Activity 
  4. The Representative of Humanity 
  5. Beauty, Creativity, and Metamorphosis 
  6. New Directions in Art 
LECTURES (Rudolf Steiner):
  1. The Aesthetics of Goethe’s Worldview
  2. The Spiritual Being of Art
  3. Buildings Will Speak
  4. The Sense Organs and Aesthetic Experience
  5. The Two Sources of Art
  6. The Building at Dornach
  7. The Supersensible Origin of the Arts
  8. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
  9. Christ, Ahriman, and Lucifer
  10. Plus a bibliography and index

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Michael Howard

Michael Howard, born in Vancouver, BC, in 1946, began sculpting at the age of fifteen. He received his B.F.A. from Eastern Michigan University and his M.A. in Fine Arts from Columbia Pacific University. He has studied the work of Rudolf Steiner since 1969. For thirty years, Michael has made an independent study of Rudolf Steiner’s sculpture and taught primarily in Waldorf schools and anthroposophic centers, both in Europe and North America. Since 1985, he has taught sculpture at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, New York. He is the leader of the Visual Art Section of the Anthroposophical Society in North America.