Hilma af Klint: Category Error

Hilma af Klint, Group X, No. 1. Altarpiece (courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klin
Hilma af Klint, Group X, No. 1. Altarpiece (courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk, photo: Moderna Museet / Stockholm)

Wessie du Toit reflects on the exhibition Hilma af Klint Painting the Unseen at the Serpentine Gallery, London on view through May 15, 2016.

Du Toit writes: "Ultimately, though, the greatest value of art-historical anomalies like af Klint does not stem from their elusiveness, nor from their canon-defying dates ... It is that their work tends to make us abandon the generic lenses we habitually apply to art. To call af Klint abstract, for instance, is a category error, since she was independent of this discourse. Such perspective must be a good thing, even if it leaves us without much to say."