Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain by Jonathan FinebergModern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain by Jonathan Fineberg

Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain

byJonathan FinebergForeword byJames B. Milliken

Hardcover | August 1, 2015

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Human beings have made images continuously for more than thirty thousand years. The oldest known cave paintings are between six and ten times older than the first forms of written language. Images help us organize our thoughts and represent them in our memory. We make images, Jonathan Fineberg argues, because we need them to aid not only in structuring our social and psychological self-conceptions but also in developing the circuitry of our brains.

Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain is a broad investigation by one of the foremost scholars of modern art of the relationship between modern art and the structure of the mind and brain. Based on Fineberg’s Presidential Lectures at the University of Nebraska, his book examines the relationship between artistic production, neuroscience, and the way we make meaning in form. Drawing on the art of Robert Motherwell, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Christo, Jean Dubuffet, and others, Fineberg helps us understand the visual unconscious, the limits of language, and the political impact of art. Throughout, he works from the conviction that looking is a form of thinking that has a profound impact on the structure of the mind.

Jonathan Fineberg is Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is a trustee emeritus of the Phillips Collection in Washington, where he was founding director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art. He is the...
Title:Modern Art at the Border of Mind and BrainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 10.26 × 7.26 × 0.75 inPublished:August 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080324973X

ISBN - 13:9780803249738

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Table of Contents

1. Motherwell's Mother: An Iconography in Abstraction
2. The Ineffable, the Unspeakable, and the Inspirational: A Grammar
3. The Nature Theater: Art and Politics
4. Desire Lines in the Mind

Editorial Reviews

“Don’t be deceived by the brevity of this book. In it Jonathan Fineberg gives a thrilling and inspiring account of the fundamental problem in abstract art: the representation of visual forms. It should be must-reading for all who are interested in neuroesthetics and the elusive problem of form representation.”—Semir Zeki, professor of neuroesthetics at University College London, Fellow of the Royal Society, and author of Splendors and Miseries of the Brain - Semir Zeki - 20140916