cation of The Hidden Order of Art in Because of his ter of Ehrenzweig’s books and in every article, . Ehrenzweig included art history and musical theory . Anton Ehrenzweig (27 November – 5 December ) was an Austrian- born British The Hidden Order of Art, published posthumously, has been in continuous publication since , and is considered one of the three classics of art. The hidden order of art: A study in the psychology of artistic imagination. Citation. Ehrenzweig, A. (). The hidden order of art: A study in the psychology of.

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The Fragmentation of ‘Modern Art’ 6. One might say that the more psychically undemanding the art, the more entertaining it is, suggesting that it has something in common with the spectacles staged in sports stadiums—which some think, is what museums and art fairs have come to resemble, however metaphorically.

All artistic structure is essentially ‘polyphonic’; it evolves not in a single line of thought, but in several superimposed strands at once. Hence creativity requires a diffuse, scattered kind of attention that contradicts our normal logical habits of thinking. An Intellectual and Social History, Science Logic and Mathematics. About the Book From the Preface: This kind of treatment may well appear chaotic to an orderly mind.

Training Spontaneity through the Intellect. This ability of understanding- and it is an ability may be due to their syncretistic capacity to comprehend a total structure rather than analysing single elements.

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Unconscious Srt Part II: Modern art displays this attack of unreason on reason quite openly. Constructing a Tye for an Icon of Aesthetic Modernity: British Journal of Aesthetics 1 3: Reason may seem to be cast aside for a moment.


Simply said, when art serves the society of the spectacle, the dialectic of heart and head, the unconscious and the conscious that brought it to creative life, collapses. This book is certainly not for the man who can digest his information only within a well-defined range of technical terms. Yet owing to the powers of the creative mind real disaster is averted.

Continuous sublimation might be said to resolve the conflict between deliberative ego and inexhaustible instinct, expressing itself in spontaneous feeling—striking a balance, or at least a truce, between head and heart. The first chapters deal with familiar technical and professional problems of the artist. The Devoured and Burned God.

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Books Digital Products Journals. He also reviewed one hldden her exhibitions for “Art International” in February Witkin – – Sociological Theory 15 2: There is a ‘hidden order’ in this chaos which only a properly attuned reader or art lover can grasp. Entertaining art—a spectator sport—puts one in a sort of mindless trance: But fortunately this does not The argument of this book ranges from highly theoretical speculations to highly topical problems of modern art and practical hints for the art teacher, and it is most unlikely that I can find a reader who will feel at home on every level of the argument.

Finding the Hidden Dimensions in Art.

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Leibowitz – – Johns Hopkins University Press. As Rilke suggests, this involves hard, caring work, like the hard, meticulous work that went into making the beautiful statue, which he describes in intimate loving detail.


On the other hand I have reason to hope that a reader who is attuned to the hidden substructure of art will find no difficulty in following the diffuse and scattered structure of my exposition. Relativistic Hidden Variable Theories?

Not available in British Commonwealth Pages: I myself seem to have preserved some of this ability. Account Ehrenzwejg Sign in. One is blinded to the difference between appearance and reality, more pointedly between what Kandinsky called external necessity and internal necessity, or what psychoanalysts call external reality and internal reality.

Even the most persuasive and logical argument cannot make up for his lack of sensitivity. For instance the plastic effects of painting pictorial space which are familiar to every artist and art lover tum out hiddsn be determined by deeply unconscious perceptions.

It is, indeed, through contradiction that we most easily achieve originality, and originality is one of the dominant claims of the unconscious. Reason may seem to be cast aside for a moment.

As he cannot integrate their divergent functions, true chaos ensues. The conflict proves to be akin to the conflict of single-track thought and ‘polyphonic’ scattered attention which I have described. The conflict between deliberate and spontaneous methods of working is indeed profound. The Two Kinds of Attention 3.