Kandinsky: A Close Look is a cine-essay focusing on three Kandinsky paintings from 1913, the year in which the artist became fully committed to abstraction.

Each painting is treated separately, using contemporary digital techniques:

Section 1: 'essay' — a reading of Kandinsky's essay on "Painting with White Border" accompanies a close cinematic examination of the painting. [frame enlargements]

Section 2: 'eyetracking'— a collaboration with two eminent vision research scientists, uses eye-tracking technology to investigate how five viewers, both amateur and professional, look at the painting "Small Pleasures" [frame enlargements]

Section 3: 'synesthesia'— composer Dean Drummond was commissioned to write and record a score for a small ensemble to accompany an animated exploration of the painting "Black Lines." Drummond's composition is based on the color-sound associations proposed by Kandinsky in his writings. [frame enlargements]


• Commissioned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the 2009–2010 Kandinsky Retrospective

• Conceived and Directed by Grahame Weinbren

• Produced by Roberta Friedman

• Kandinsky: A Close Look is exhibited using LimoHD, the high resolution uncompressed full color moving image playback technology, designed and developed by Isaac Dimitrovsky.

Guggenheim announcement

Kandinsky: A Close Look (3 Paintings: 3 Investigations)