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The Awakening of Spirit: Mark Tobey and the Evolution of 'White Writing'

Mar 25, 2018
White Writing - an example of Mark Tobey's work.

Mark Tobey’s distinctive approach to abstract painting brought him great acclaim and considerable success in the middle decades of the twentieth century. A Bahá’í from the age of twenty-eight, Tobey was an inveterate experimenter and a foresighted world citizen. His major contribution to modern art was his so-called “white writing” style that emerged after decades of experimentation and deep reflection.

In tracing the influences on Tobey’s development, Robert Weinberg will demonstrate that Tobey’s breakthrough was the result of a deep knowledge of the art of the past and diverse cultures, and his desire to convey Bahá’í spirituality through his work. His influence on his contemporaries—ranging from Jackson Pollock to the St Ives school in Cornwall—has not yet been fully acknowledged.



Robert Weinberg

Robert Weinberg holds a BA Honors degree in visual art and music from the University of Brighton, and a Master’s in Art History from the University of Buckingham. He has worked for three decades as a radio journalist and producer. He is the author of nine books including major biographies of early British Bahá’ís such as Lady Blomfield and Ethel Rosenberg. He served as Director of the Bahá’í International Community’s Office of Public Information in Haifa, Israel from 2009–13. He is currently Chair of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom.

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