Visionary Art Reading List

This is the reading list for the Visionary Art course at Metivta in Los Angeles.


Addiss, Stephen, The Art of Zen, Harry N. Abrams, 1989.

Blake, William, Complete Poetry and Prose, edited by David Erdman

Blake, William, The Marriage of Heaven & Hell. 1793. Oxford University Press, 1975.

Caillois, Roger & Octavio Paz, Remedios Varo, Aniceto Ortego, 1958.

Castaneda, Carlos, Journey to Ixtlan and Tales of Power.

Dante, Divine Comedy.

Eliot, T.S., Four Quartets.

Ferrier, Jean-Louis, Outsider Art, Finest SA/Pierre Terrail Editions, 1997.

Grey, Alex. McCorMick, Carlo. Wilber, Ken, Sacred Mirrors , The Visionary Art of Alex Grey. Inner Traditions International, 1990.

Haeckel, Ernst. Art Forms in Nature, Prestel, 1998.

Hoffberger, Rebecca. Manley, Roger. Wilson, Colin, Tree of Life. American Visionary Art Museum, 1996.

Huxley, Aldous, The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell. Harper and Row, 1955.

James Joyce, Finnegans Wake. Faber, 1939.

Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art.

Lessing, Doris, Shikasta. Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Maizels, John, Raw Creation: Outsider Art and Beyond. Phaidon Press Limited, 1996.

Padmasambhava, Self-Liberation through seeing with naked awareness. Tibetan text translated by John Myrdhin Reynolds. Station Hill Press, 1989.

Rilke, Ranier Maria, Duino Elegies. Translated by C.F. MacIntyre. University of California Press, 1961. Translated by David Young. Norton, 1978.

Roob, Alexander. The Art of Alchemy & Mysticism, The Hermetic Museum. Taschen, 1996.

Scholem, Gershom, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, Schocken, 1954.

Sullivan, J.W.N., Beethoven: His Spiritual Development. Vintage Books, 1927.

The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Volume One and Two. Shambhala Publications, 1984. Translated by Thomas Cleary. Shambhala, 1993.

White, Minor, Rites and Passages, Aperture, Inc., 1978.


Bach, The Art of the Fugue, The Keller Quartet, ECM Records.

Beethoven, Ludwig van: C Sharp Minor Quartet, Emerson Quartet.

Bryars, Gavin, Farewell to Philosophy, Julian Lloyd Webber.

Ghosh, Panalal, Rag Yaman, Rag Shree.

Khan, Ali Akbar, Shri Rag. Alap, A Sarod Solo. Recorded at Ali Akbar College of Music

Messiaen, Olivier, Quartet for the End of Time.

Monteverdi, Claudio, Vespers of 1610, (Vespro Della Beata Vergine), Jurgen Jurgens Concetus Musicus Wein.

Book of Madrigals. also Secondo Libro de Madrigali, Concerto Italiano Rinaldo Alessandrini.

Part, Arvo: Tabula Rasa, ECM Records.

Tavener, John. The Last Sleep of the Virgin, Chilingirian Quartet.


Bae Yong-kyun. Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East?

Scorsese, Martin. Kundun.

Teshigahara, Hiroshi. Rikyu.

Wenders, Wim. Untl the End of the World.

Wenders, Wim. Wings of Desire.