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5.0 out of 5 stars uncahtered territory, 7 April 2006
This review is from: Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis - Works from the Prinzhorn Collection (Paperback)
The above review is informative - but perhaps one needs also to say that the art is itself often of such magical richness, poignancy and affect - like much ethnic art - that conventional art (especially conventional contempoary art that apes its ideas and approaches) seems hapless in comparison. The texts are good iuntroductions to the reception of the art and the analyses not to reductive.
The struggles of the Institution during the Nazizeit are well-tackled - but it is the material itself. A brief overview (with art references to give an idea of what it looks like - whle of course it looks like nothing on earth in the main) to gavie an idea of the breadth of imagination. The epileptic Beehle's Schoenberg faces and 'antelopes';
Blankenhorn's catatonic feminine idyll, very Austro-1900; Bühler's 'Amfortas' wearing a tondo frame over his head attacks hagfish ; .Dietmeyer's provocative females in lingerie pick up young men in suits; Joseph Foster 's beautifully painted machine for travelling with ballast on legs at high speed weightlessly through the air (1916); Herzberg's 'Discourse on castrati'... ; , Freiherr von Hyacinth 'Slevogt'-style 'Don Giovanni' illustrations; Joseph A. K Maier's Schreber-type explanations of currents and rays; Mebes's breeding pod for humans; Heinrich Anton Müller's 'long mouse'; Natterer's Arcimboldo/Momper-like 'Witch' head Schudel's 'Fotterzeit der Pferde', six horses at the tub of feed; viewed from above; Umgelter's large, biting heads: 'Kleptomanie', 1906; (ill. V. Biennale, 1995 p. 164 sq.); "X-rays' of the brain/skull
[The Venice Biennale, 1995 has many more reproductions of 'psychotic' art. ]
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