Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) was a Swedish painter. While her naturalistic landscapes were shown during her lifetime, her abstract paintings were not exhibited until 1986, more than forty years after she died.
"The book broadens an understanding of af Klint's visual vocabulary
from the late 1800s through the first two decades of the 1900s. The
dominance of images provides the reader with the breadth of her
artistic concerns and some of the underlying structures in her
work. The book also expounds on af Klint's myriad interests in
science, mathematics, esotericism, and mysticism. Art history is
only now beginning to dig deeper into af Klint's life and work.
This book and the Guggenheim Museum's exhibition catalog Hilma
af Klint: Paintings for the Future (2018) will be the
definitive texts on the artist for years to come."-- "Art Libraries
Society of North America"
"The remarkable, welcome thing about Burgin's Notes and Methods is that it lets af Klint speak for herself. . . . In book form, unified in size and material, and made intimate and flippable, the paintings reveal themselves differently than they do when hung on a wall and interrupted by architecture: they take on an overall rhythm, and the shifts between abstraction and figuration become fluid rather than clunky."-- "New York Review of Books"
"What a remarkable intellectual and aesthetic feast it is! Multifaceted, rich in the history of both art and spirituality, the book presents the abstract work of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint. Klint is known for having produced abstract art many years in advance of the formal Abstract art movement. Notes and Methods not only reproduces her strikingly immersive artwork but also brings to life its unexpected spiritual underpinnings in the Theosophy movement."
-- "Publishers Weekly"