Art & the Unconscious Mind

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JEAN COCTEAU ~ A SURREAL THOUGHT

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” ― Jean Cocteau Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) 1955 in his apartment

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GIORGIO DE CHIRICO ~ THE MYSTERY OF OUR MINDS

“Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life.” Giorgio de Chirico Painting is by Giorgio de Chirico, Melancolia, 1912

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GIORGIO MORANDI ~ CONSCIOUSNESS, UNCONSCIOUSNESS…

I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. We know that… the objective world… never really exists as we see and understand it… has no intrinsic meaning of its own, such as the meanings that we attach to it. Giorgio Morandi  (1890 – 1964) Giorgio Morandi Natura Morta, 1929

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JULES BRASSAI ~ ON THE EXTRAORDINARY

“I don’t invent anything. I imagine everything… most of the time, I have drawn my images from the daily life around me. I think that it is by capturing reality in the humblest, most sincere, most everyday way I can, that I can penetrate to the extraordinary.” Jules Brassai

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EDGAR DEGAS ~ THE MYSTERY OF A PAINTING

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people. Edgar Degas Self portrait 1855

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SOREN KIERKEGAARD ~ ON PASSION

It is really curious how men, whom I otherwise look upon as honest, and who in other respects are not my enemies, lie monstrously, and are hardly conscious of it themselves, when they really get into a passion. Passion has an extraordinary power. How foolish, then, is the modern seeking after system upon system, as though help was to be found there; no, passion must be purified. Soren Kierkegaard’s Journal, 1846

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BALLET MECANIQUE ~ A SHOW OF MECHANICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ballet Mécanique (1924) was a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmmaker/artists Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy. Although the film was intended to use Antheil’s score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the 1990s. As a composition, Ballet Mécanique is Antheil’s best known and most enduring work. It remains famous for its radical style and instrumentation as well as its storied history. In concert performance, the “ballet” is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments. Among these, player...

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ALBERT EINSTEIN ~ ON IMAGINATION

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

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ANAIS NIN ~ THE REALITY OF A REAL WOMAN

“Woman’s role in creation should be parallel to her role in life. I don’t mean the good earth. I mean the bad earth too, the demon, the instincts, the storms of nature. Tragedies, conflicts, mysteries are personal. Man fabricated a detachment which became fatal. Woman must not fabricate. She must descend into the real womb and expose its secrets and its labyrinths. She must describe it as the city of Fez, with its Arabian Nights gentleness, tranquility and mystery. She must describe the voracious moods, the desires, the worlds...

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ANTONI TAPIES ~ ART AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

“Art should startle the viewer into thinking about the meaning of life.” ANTONI TAPIES Barcelona, 1923 – 2012, painter, sculptor. Tàpies eschewed traditional painting materials and championed the use of all sorts of other materials long before arte povera became a fashionable critical notion. He did in fact invent a new form of material expression.

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