Bacon and the Mind: Art, Neuroscience and psichology
Bacon and the Mind sheds light on Francis Bacons art by exploring his motivations, and in so doing opens up new ways of understanding his paintings. It comprises five essays by prominent scholars in their respective disciplines, illustrated throughout by Bacons works. Christopher Bucklow argues compellingly that Bacon does not depict the reality of his subjects, but rather their reality for himin his memory, in his sensibility, and in his private world of sensations and ideas. Steven Jarons essay questions the psychological implications of Bacons habitual language, his obsession with the wound, vulnerability, and the nervous system. Darian Leaders essay Bacon and the Body, presents the latest of his fresh and stimulating insights into the artist. The focus in John Onianss Francis Bacon: A Neuroarthistory is the effect of Bacons unconscious mental processes in the creation of his paintings. The Visual Shock of Francis Bacon: An Essay in Neuroaesthetics is a newly edited and now fully illustrated re-presentation of an article by Semir Zeki, previously accessible only as an online academic paper.
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