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Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art

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  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2011
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521452779

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  • 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.

    • Offers a unique psychoanalytic interpretation of avant-garde art in all of its many forms, disclosing an underlying psychodynamic pattern to it
    • Provides a major reinterpretation of Manet, the avant-garde father figure
    • Demonstrates that avant-garde art provided a sense of authentic selfhood amidst the instability of the modern world
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Kuspit's new book...brings an unparalleled intellectual courage and interdisciplinary erudition to the examination of the psychomoral core of the initial flowering of the historical avant-garde....[it] must be seen as a treasure-trove of informed insight..." New Art Examiner

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521452779
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 162 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.705kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2011
  • 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
    Hallucinatory insanity: the way to another reality
    5. The geometry of heaven, the energy of angels: to soar at last beyond.

  • Author

    Donald Kuspit, State University of New York, Stony Brook

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