My book Emil Bisttram (1895-1976): American Painter: Dynamic Symmetry, Theosophy, Swedenborgianism, was published in 2010 by Lambert Academic Publishing, Sarbrucken, Germany, and is now available for purchase at Amazon.com. The two volumes are paperbound. Volume 1 has 369 pages, and volume 2 has 323 pages, 208 of which are black and white illustrations. The books are print-on-demand, intended for purchase by academic libraries. While they are not printed to the highest standards, they do include a phenomenal amount of information about Bisttram, his life, his training, his spiritual development, his use of dynamic symmetry, his teaching methods, and his individual paintings.
The two volumes are an expansion of the PhD dissertation I wrote in the art history department, City University of New York, in 2000, titled The Politics of Redemption: Dynamic Symmetry, Theosophy, and Swedenborgianism in the Art of Emil Bisttram (1895-1976).
An article I wrote on Bisttram has been published on-line: “Emil Bisttram: Theosophical Drawing,” PART 9/American Modernism (On-Line Journal of CUNY PhD Program in Art History), Fall 2003.
Lectures on Bisttram:
“Emil Bisttram: Landscape Painting,” Southwest Art History Conference, Taos, NM, Oct. 1998.
“Emil Bisttram’s Jungian Aesthetic,” Culture and the Unconscious: Psychoanalysts, Artists, and Academics in Dialogue, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, jointly organized by the British Psychoanalytical Society, the Tavistock Clinic, and the University of East London, July 11-12, 2003.
“Theosophical Artists in America in the 1920s and 1930s,” Enchanting Modernity: Theosophy and the Arts in the Making of Early Twentieth-Century Culture, Liverpool Hope University, Dec. 3, 2010.
“Bisttram’s Theosophical Paintings,” Memorial Symposium for Marlene S Park (1931-2010), Graduate Center, City University of New York, Oct. 21, 2011. Professor Park was my adviser at CUNY and supervised my dissertation on Bisttram. I owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for helping me through the program.