'Often derided as unscientific and self-indulgent, psychoanalysis has been an invaluable resource for artists, art critics and historians throughout the twentieth century. Art and Psychoanalysis investigates these encounters. The shared relationship to the unconscious, severed from Romantic inspiration by Freud, is traced from the Surrealist engagement with psychoanalytic imagery to the contemporary critic's use of psychoanalytic concepts as tools to understand how meaning operates. Following the theme of the 'object' with its varying materiality, Walsh develops her argument that psychoanalysis, like art, is a cultural discourse about the mind in which the authority of discourse itself can be undermined, provoking ambiguity and uncertainty and destabilising identity. The dynamics of the dream-work, Freud's 'familiar unfamiliar', fetishism, visual mastery, abjection, repetition, and the death drive are explored through detailed analysis of artists ranging from Max Ernst to Louise Bourgeois, including 1980s postmodernists such as Cindy Sherman, the performance art of Marina Abramovic and post-minimalist sculpture.' - from back cover.

Includes a select bibliography and index.
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Onsite

author

Maria WALSH

Location code REF.WAM4
Language

English

Keyword

psychologyart theory

Publication/Creation date

2013

No of pages

155

ISBN / ISSN

9781848857988

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Chapter 1: Distortion and Disguise: The Dream-Work
Chapter 2: Uncanny Eruptions
Chapter 3: Refashioning Fetishism and Masquerade
Chapter 4: Female Fetishism in the Expanded Field of Narcissism
Chapter 5: Eye and Gaze: Restoring Body to Vision
Chapter 6: The Evolution of Abjection
Chapter 7: Black Narcissus
Chapter 8: Repetition and the Death Drive
Chapter 9: Returning to Melanie Klein
Chapter 10: 'Real-Making': A Transitional Phenomenon
Chapter 11: New Skins for Old
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Art and Psychoanalysis