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Sculpture and Psychoanalysis

by Brandon Taylor

Part of the Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture Series

Sculpture and Psychoanalysis Synopsis

Just what do psychoanalysis and modern sculpture have to do with one another? The present collection of essays, unique in its field, shows how key metaphors of Freudian and Kleinian psychoanalysis - splitting, projection, sublimation, identification, the schizoid and reparative mechanisms - as well as Lacan's concepts of the stade du mirroir and the objet petit a, can be fruitfully applied to a range of modern three-dimensional art, from Surrealism to the present day. As these essays show, figures such as Barbara Hepworth, Eva Hesse, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Gilbert and George, Rebecca Horn and others have often approached the material of sculpture with something like these mechanisms in mind. The need to unlock the levels of psychoanalytic connection between artist, object and viewer in recent debate has fuelled the diverse proposals of this original and important book.

Sculpture and Psychoanalysis Press Reviews

'... this is an extremely good collection. It will be of interest to scholars of sculpture, Surrealism, psychoanalytic aesthetics, and the wider field of modern and contemporary art.' The Art Book

Book Information

ISBN: 9780754609841
Publication date: 6th March 2006
Author: Brandon Taylor
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 253 pages
Categories: Non-graphic art forms, Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology),

About Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is Professor of History of Art at the University of Southampton, UK

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