Last and First

I already did my end-of-year review, but that was on December 30, 2013. I normally write posts toward the end of the day and set them to post automatically at midnight. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, but in the case of date-sensitive, journal-like posts, it can get confusing. So this is my last post written in 2013, but the first to be posted in 2014.

I will be working on my watercolors this year as well as studying the art of the mentally ill. I transcribed the bibliography from this article: A disquieting feeling of strangeness?: the art of the mentally ill by Allan Beveridge from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (Volume 94, November 2001).  One of my goals is to read as many of these sources as possible and to write an extended post on the subject.

Here is the list (see special request that follows):

  1. Sims A. Symptoms in the Mind.  London: Saunders, 1995
  2. MacGregor J. The Discovery of the Art of the Insane.  Princeton University Press, 1989
  3. Becker G. The Mad Genius Controversy. Beverly Hills: Sage, 1978
  4. Foucault M. Madness and Civilization (transl. A Sheridan). New York: Random House, 1965
  5. Rush B Medical Enquiries and Observations upon the Diseases of the Mind.  Philadelphia: Kimber & Richardson, 1812
  6. Haslam J. Illustrations of Madness. London: Rivingtons, Robinsons, Callow, Murray & Greenland, 1810
  7. Anon. Mad artists. J. Psychol Med Ment Pathol 1880; 5:33-75 (attributed to Browne)
  8. Lombroso C. The Man of Genius. London: Walter Scott, 1891
  9. Reja M. L’Art Chez les Fous. Paris: Société du Mercure de France, 1907
  10. Morgenthaler W. Madness and Art. The Life and Works of Adolf Wolfli (transl. AH Esman). London: University of Nebraska Press. 1992
  11. Prinzhorn H. Artistry of the Mentally Ill (transl. E von Brocdorff). New York: Springer Verlag, 1972
  12. Hayward Gallery. Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis (Works from the Prinzhorn Collection). London: Exhibition Catalogue, 1996
  13. Spoerri E, ed. Adolf Wolfli Draftsman, Writer, Poet, Composer. Ithaca and London: Cornell Univeristy Press, 1997
  14. Cardinal R. Outsider Art. London: Studio Vista, 1972
  15. Waldberg P. Surrealism. London: Thames & Hudson, 1965
  16. Polizzotti M. Introduction to Breton A. Nadja. London: Penguin, 1999
  17. Barber S. Antonin Artaud: Bombs and Blows. London: Faber & Faber, 1993
  18. Glimcher M. Jean Dubuffet. Towards an Alternative Reality. New York: Pace, 1987
  19. Thevoz M. Art Brut. Geneva: Bookking International, 1995
  20. Jamison KR. Touched by Fire: Manic-Depressice Illness and the Artistic Temperament.. New York: Fireside Books, 1993
  21. Maizels J. Raw Creation. London: Phaidon, 1996
  22. Ferrier JL. Outsider Art. Paris: Terrail, 1998
  23. Rhodes C. Outsider Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 1000
  24. Beveridge A. Discovering the art of the insane: the work of Andrew Kennedy. Raw Vision 1998; 23:48-57
  25. Beveridge A, Williams M. Inside ‘The Lunatic Manufacturing Company’: the persecuted world of John Gilmour. Hist Psychiatry (in press)
  26. Baker M. The Doyle Diary. London: Paddington Press, 1978
  27. Keddie K. The Gentle Shetlander. Edinburgh: Paul Harris, 1984
  28. Laing J. Angus McPhee, Weaver of Grass.  Lochmaddy: Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2000
  29. Dale R. Louis Wain. The Man who drew Cats.  London: Michael O’Mara Books, 1991
  30. Allderidge P. Richard Dadd. London: Academy, 1974

The work listed as item 9: Reja M. L’Art Chez les Fous. Paris: Société du Mercure de France, 1907, was written by a psychiatrist Paul Meunier and is said to be the first treatment of art of mental patients from an aesthetic point of view (ref. Beveridge article cited in 2nd paragraph).  The only problem (for me) is, this book is in French. If any readers know of an English version, I would appreciate knowing about it.

So, together with Kandel’s book that I started to read, I’d say I’m going to have a busy year reading and also a lot to think about and hopefully, much to inspire me.

Below is my experiment for today followed by progress with another study on which I am working:

Color Study: Cold colors surrounded by warm colors

Color Study: Cold-Warm
7″x10″ 140# Rough Watercolor Paper

Progress in icon study:

More progress on icon and color study of 12-30-13

Icons with Color-More Progress 12-31-13
5″x7″ 140# Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper

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