Our view of modernism in the arts has been largely shaped by the prominence of painting and, in particular, by a succession of major painters working in Paris--from Courbet and Manet to the Cubists. Moreover, modernist aesthetics has come to be equated with the concept of formalism, which has been both advocated and attacked in the critical roster of the twentieth century. Adrian Stokes offered a singular critical voice challenging us to think differently about modernism. Guided by his personal interpretation of the early Renaissance and by insights derived from psychoanalytic theory, Stokes developed his own style of communicating the truths of aesthetic experience.
The essays in The Coral Mind make Stokes required reading for anyone with a serious interest in British modernism; psychoanalysis and art; alternatives to Clement Greenberg's account of modernism; the relevance of architecture, sculpture, and ballet to our understanding of twentieth-century art; "writerly" art criticism; and the concept of "research" in art history.
Contributors include David Carrier, Martin Golding, Michael Ann Holly, David Hulks, tienne Jollet, Stephen Kite, Peter Leech, Alex Potts, Richard Read, Janet Sayers, Lyndsey Stonebridge, and Paul Tucker.
Stephen Bann is Professor of Art History at the University of Bristol and was President of the Comit International d'Histoire de l'Art from 2000 to 2004. His books include Ways Around Modernism (2007), Parallel Lines: Printmakers, Painters, and Photographers in 19th-Century France (2001), Paul Delaroche: History Painted (1997), and The True Vine: On Visual Representation and the Western Tradition (1989).
Contents List of Illustrations Bibliographical Note Introduction Stephen Bann 1. Stokes and the Architectural Basis of the Sculptural Alex Potts 2. "A Deep and Necessary Commerce": Venice and the "Architecture of Colour-Form" Stephen Kite 3. "The House of the Mind": On Piero, Perspective, and Psychoanalysis Peter Leech 4. "We Are Exalted": Adrian Stokes's Coming to Terms with Michelangelo's Massiveness David Hulks 5. Stokes's Analysis Richard Read 6. Portrait of an Analyst: Adrian Stokes and Melanie Klein Lyndsey Stonebridge 7. Healing Art-Healing Stokes Janet Sayers 8. "Showing Openly the Inside of Action": Place, Ballet, Psychoanalysis Martin Golding 9. The Art Historian as Art Critic: In Praise of Adrian Stokes David Carrier 10. "Inferential Muscle" and the Work of Criticism: Michael Baxandall on Adrian Stokes and Art-Critical Language Paul Tucker 11. To Bring the Distant Things Near: Distance in Relation to the Work of Art in Stokes's Thought Etienne Jollet 12. Stones of Solace Michael Ann Holly Index