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Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes: A Biography
Sayers, Janet
Routledge / Karnac / Hardcover / 2015-07-01 / 1782202838
Psychoanalysis and Art
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352 pages
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Starting with Adrian Stokes’s childhood and youth, then through his breakdown to his groundbreaking insights about the inspiration of art from the physical materials from which it is made, Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes tells the story of Stokes’s psychoanalytic treatment by Melanie Klein and his growing fame in the 1930s as champion of a carving revolution in sculpture, painting, and in the avant-garde creations of the Ballets Russes. This leads into Stokes’s achievement as catalyst in the 1940s of the transformation of St Ives in Cornwall into an internationally-acclaimed centre of modern art, and into his innovative use of art and psychoanalysis as a means of highlighting the interchange of the outer world of the senses with the inner world of fantasy and imagination. Lastly, Stokes’s story culminates with his experience of being in love and with forging, on this basis, an innovative psychoanalytic account in the 1950s and 1960s of the bodily and psychologically integrating smooth and rough aesthetic effect of art and external reality on the mind.

Table of Contents:
List of Illustrations
About the Author

Part I: Childhood and Youth
1) Early years
2) Oxford
3) East and west
4) Sitwell protégé
5) Sigismondo Malatesta and Ezra Pound

Part II: Psychoanalysis and Fame
6) Treatment
7) Stone alive
8) Carving
9) Ballets Russes
10) Colour and form
11) Euston Road

Part III: Outer and Inner Life
12) Transforming St Ives
13) Inside out
14) Love and divorce
15) Outside in

Part IV: Psychoanalytic Aesthetics
16) Smooth and rough
17) Psychoanalysing Michelangelo
18) Klein’s portrait
19) Hampstead again
20) Chaos contained
21) Reflections on the nude
22) More about Ariadne
23) Renewed fame


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