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Psychostrategies of avant-garde art

Author: Donald B Kuspit
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Donald Kuspit offers here a psychoanalytic interpretation of avant-garde art, from its origins in the nineteenth century to its demise in the late twentieth. Avant-garde art, the author argues, is a response to the conditions of modernity, particularly the crowd, which undermines and destroys the artist's sense of self. The avantgarde artist uses psychostrategies in order to restore his sense of self.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald B Kuspit
ISBN: 0521452775 9780521452779
OCLC Number: 42643283
Description: 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Reasons for anxiety and ambivalence : tradition, sexuality, the crowd (the exemplary case of Manet) --
The anal universe of the crowd --
Identification with the medium --
Hallucinatory insanity : the way to another reality --
The geometry of Heaven, the energy of angels : to soar at last beyond the crowd.
Responsibility: Donald Kuspit.
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"Donald Kuspit offers here a psychoanalytic interpretation of avant-garde art, from its origins in the nineteenth century to its demise in the late twentieth. Avant-garde art, the author argues, is a response to the conditions of modernity, particularly the crowd, which undermines and destroys the artist's sense of self. The avantgarde artist uses psychostrategies in order to restore his sense of self.

These include a close identification with his medium, which becomes a "signature substance" into which he escapes; the making of hallucinatory art in which he shows his own insanity, which becomes a way of escaping the pseudo-sanity of the crowd; or the attempt to transcend the crowd altogether by escaping into a world of abstraction, which functions in a religious way to afford an "oceanic experience." Drawing on numerous examples of avant-garde art, Kuspit makes extensive use of psychoanalysis, largely from British object-relational theory, to underline and elaborate his ideas.

An extensive reinterpretation of Manet, officially the first avant-garde artist and in whom all the various psychostrategies exist in seminal form, forms a keynote to this study."--Jacket.

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