Art: Pyramid

Power in Paint

Quick, now: which had more influence on abstract art? Picasso or Jakob Bohme? Freud or Annie Besant? The theory of relativity or Robert Fludd's Utriusque cosmi? The answer, as anyone can attest after seeing the opening exhibition, "The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985," in the Los Angeles County Museum's new wing is in each case the latter. The good news, one might say, is that early 20th century abstract art, long regarded by a suspicious public as basically meaningless and without a subject, turns out to have a very distinct and pervasive one -- the last mutation, in fact, of...

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