‘Language of the Birds’ Examines a 100-Year History of Occult Art

The exhibition includes the profoundly personal works of artists like Aleister Crowley, and his psychic self-portrait conceived in trance; the paintings of surrealist muses Leonor Fini, Leonora Carrington, and Juanita Guccione; and mystical explorations from Kiki Smith, Kenneth Anger, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and more.

“The concerns and influences of each of these artists are as eclectic as the styles in which they work,” Grossman writes. “Regardless of method, Language of the Birds suggests that all are part of the same lineage: one that pulls on threads from the esoteric web of alchemy, Hermeticism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, divination and witchcraft.”

Alison Blickle 'New Keys,' 2015 Oil on canvas and glazed ceramics 40 x 30 in. Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York
Alison Blickle
‘New Keys,’ 2015
Oil on canvas and glazed ceramics
40 x 30 in.
Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York