Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miró

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Integrating perspectives from psychiatry, psychology, and art history, this unique book explores the relationship between depression and artistic creativity. Inspired by a 1993 symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joan Miro, who himself suffered severe bouts of depression throughout his life, if features famous works of modern art/abstract impressionism from various schools and regions around the world.

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Overview

Integrating perspectives from psychiatry, psychology, and art history, this unique book explores the relationship between depression and artistic creativity. Inspired by a 1993 symposium celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joan Miro, who himself suffered severe bouts of depression throughout his life, if features famous works of modern art/abstract impressionism from various schools and regions around the world.

Treating the depressed artist, spirituality in the work of Eduardo Chillida, chaos as stimulus, the abstract sublime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471954033
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Dr. Joseph J. Schildkraut is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Neuropsycho-pharmacology/Psychiatric Chemistry Laboratory at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston. A graduate of Harvard College in 1955 and Harvard Medical School in 1959, he received his residency training in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. One of his earliest scientific papers "The Catecholamine Hypothesis of Affective Disorders", published in 1965, set the agenda for biological research on depression for the next 25 years and is the most frequently cited article ever to appear in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Dr. Schildkraut is the author of over 200 scientific publications and has been the recipient of numerous prizes for his pioneering research on depression. For the past fifteen years, he has also been exploring the inter-relatedness of depression, spirituality and artistic creativity. Dr. Aurora Otero is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Barcelona and a permanent staff member of the Clinic University Hospital of Barcelona. She served as President of the Catalan Society of Psychiatry of the Academy of Medical Sciences from 1990 to 1994 and is currently Past President of the Society. Her education at the University of Barcelona began in 1956 and included a five-year program in philosophy, three years in clinical psychology, five years in medicine and two years in psychiatry. Dr. Otero’s hospital-based activities include clinical care, training and research in clinical psychopharmacology. She also maintains an active private practice in general psychiatry.
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Table of Contents

MOOD DISORDERS AND ARTISTIC CREATIVITY.

Mood Disorders, Creativity and the Artistic Temperament (K. Jamison).

Treating the Depressed Artist (C. Salzman).

THE SPIRITUAL IN MODERN ART.

Artistic Form and Spiritual Experience: Some Observations (K. Oberhuber).

Reflections on the Theme of this Symposium (E. Chillida).

JOAN MIR?.

Chaos as a Stimulus (R. Malet).

Assassinating Painting: Collage and Sculpture as a Crisis of Identity?

(W. Jeffett).

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISTS OF THE NEW YORK SCHOOL.

The Abstract Sublime (R. Rosenblum).

Abstract Expressionism as Psychobiography: The Life and Suicide of Arshile Gorky (K. Akiskal & H. Akiskal).

Afterword.

Index.

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