Item #72190 Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis Works From the Prinzhorn Collection. Art, Psychosis, Bettina BRAND-CLAUSSEN, Inge Jádi, Caroline Douglas.

Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis Works From the Prinzhorn Collection.

Berkeley /Los Angeles /London: University of California Press [ Hayward Gallery ], 1996. First Edition. Softcover. Large Quarto. 195 pages. Illustrated thick paper wrappers. Generously illustrated in black & white, and colour. The catalogue produced to accompany the first exhibition at the Hayward Gallery of London. From the exhibition catalogue: "In the early 1920s the German art historian and psychiatrist, Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933), amassed a remarkable collection of some 5,000 paintings, drawings, objects, and collages made by patients in European psychiatric institutions. His interest, unique at the time, was twofold: to assess the art as creative work, and to use it as a way of studying mental illness. Prinzhorn's Collection attracted the attention of many artists, including Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer, but by the 1930s, when the Nazis declared such work "degenerate," the Collection fell into disrepair. Only in recent decades has it been properly restored and made available for a wider public. This catalog accompanied the first exhibition in Britain to foreground the Prinzhorn Collection as a whole. The works represented in these pages defy simple categorization: The range is extraordinary and the art's startling sophistication, inventiveness, and beauty inevitably prompt comparison with such artists as Max Ernst". Very light shelfwear and signs of use - else a tight, bright and unmarked near Fine copy. Item #72190
ISBN: 0520217403