A revolution is brewing in psychoanalysis: after a century of struggle to define psychoanalysis as a science, the concept of psychoanalysis as an art is finding expression in an unconventional return to Freud that reformulates the relationship between art and psychoanalysis and in this process, discovers and explores uncharted routes through art to re-think problems in contemporary clinical work. This book explores recent contributions to the status of psychoanalytic thought in relation to art and creativity and the implications of these investigations for today´s analytic practice. The title, Art in Psychoanalysis, reflects its double perspective: art and its contributions to theory and clinical practice on the one hand, and the response from psychoanalysis and its “interpretation” of art. These essays expose the “aesthetic value of analytic work when it is able to create something new in the relation with the patient”.
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Reviews and Endorsements:
‘I can proudly confirm that this book presents the most updated and culturally innovative contribution to the fields of psychoanalysis and art. The widest, most renowned and internationally connected psychoanalytic community – the International Psychoanalytical Association – offers an amazing collection of essays that explore the many aspects of contemporary psychoanalytic creativity and of research into the artistic sphere.
As readers will acknowledge, “the art of psychoanalysis” and “the psychoanalysis of art” are engaged in a much more natural and harmonious dialogue than they had been in the past, when there existed manifold uncertainties about reciprocal boundaries and potential conflict of competencies between these two fascinating worlds. Art in Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Approach to Creativity and Analytic Practice constitutes a paramount example of this dialogue. The authors go beyond the traditional analytic interpretation of art to shed light on its function and the latter's implications for clinical practice. Both analysts and artists, from very different places, experience the unending task of the creative process.
The deep contact with the unconscious and preconscious, the intra- and intersubjective interplay in the intermediate area, the special alternation of primary and secondary processes, the inquiry into tertiary processes, the ability to master entering and leaving the timeless dimension, and cultural respect toward diverse experiences and approaches render contemporary analysts into the most suitable explorers of the artistic universe. At the same time, such exploration offers new perspectives to tackle challenges posed to analysts by present-day society.
After more than one century of psychoanalysis, a new extraordinary vision is achieved on art and on the creativity of analytic work, as this multifaceted book wonderfully demonstrates.’
- Dr. Stefano Bolognini, former president Soc. Psi. of Italy and president elect of the International Psychoanalytical Association
Table of Contents:
PSYCHOANALYTIC IDEAS AND APPLICATIONS SERIES, IPA Publications Committee
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
PREFACE: Psychoanalysis and the arts, Harold P. Blum
INTRODUCTION, Gabriela Goldstein
CHAPTER ONE: Form and content in the visual arts: a psychoanalytic perspective, Charles Hanly
CHAPTER TWO: Implicit “motion” in non-verbal art: transmission and transformation of affect, Gilbert J. Rose
CHAPTER THREE: Picasso’s prolonged adolescence, his Blue Period, and blind figures, Harold P. Blum
CHAPTER FOUR: Psychoanalysis and art: from applied analysis to interdisciplinary dialogue, Adela Abella
CHAPTER FIVE: From a source to a fountain, or from the sublime to the uncanny, Carlos Weisse
CHAPTER SIX: Creative processes in art and psychoanalysis: moving towards an expanded metapsychology, Hector Fiorini
CHAPTER SEVEN: In between and across, Andrea Sabbadini
CHAPTER EIGHT: A fragment of the complex world: resorting to creation in the midst of negation, disavowal, and working through, Dominique Suchet
CHAPTER NINE: Living creatively: the concept of a sound-minded individual and the healing phenomena, José Outeiral
CHAPTER TEN: To heal or create, to create and heal: in search of their author, Murielle Gagnebin
CHAPTER ELEVEN: The greatest love of all, Gabriela Goldstein
About the Editor:
Gabriela Goldstein is a practicing psychoanalyst, a full member and training analyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association and representative on the Board, and a past member of the Publications Committee. She is also a member of the Psychoanalysis and Culture Committee of the IPA, and the author of The Aesthetic Experience: Writings on Art and Psychoanalysis, as well as various articles and book chapters on the subjects of art, love and sexuality. She received the Baranger-Mom award in 2003, and the Storni award in 2004. She is also an architect and a painter.