Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art

Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art

by Donald Kuspit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521452775

ISBN-13: 9780521452779

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Donald Kuspit offers a radical new interpretation of avant-garde art based on a psychological understanding of it. Avant-garde art, Kuspit suggests, is a response to the modern crowd, which undermines and destroys the sense of self. The artist tries to restore his sense of self through one or more of several techniques: identifying with his medium; demonstrating…  See more details below

Overview

Donald Kuspit offers a radical new interpretation of avant-garde art based on a psychological understanding of it. Avant-garde art, Kuspit suggests, is a response to the modern crowd, which undermines and destroys the sense of self. The artist tries to restore his sense of self through one or more of several techniques: identifying with his medium; demonstrating the crowd's perversity and insanity; making hallucinatory art that shows his own insanity; or transcending the crowd altogether by escaping into a world of abstraction. An extensive reinterpretation of Manet keynotes the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521452779
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Reasons for anxiety and ambivalence: tradition, sexuality, the crowd; 2. The anal universe of the crowd; 3. Identification with the medium; 4; Hallucinatory insanity: the way to another reality; 5. The geometry of heaven, the energy of angels: to soar at last beyond.

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