Art: Insanity in Art

The "subconscious," grand catch-all of irrational human nature, came into literature through James Joyce, into painting through Surrealism. The soberest writers and painters are glad of it, reckoning dreams and fantasies and unconscious motives part of the subject matter of art. They agree with most people in disliking Surrealism's fakes, faddists, exhibitionists. They value the systematic study of the subconscious by qualified scientists. Last week in Manhattan this respectful alliance between artists and psychiatrists was demonstrated in the first public exhibition of its kind yet held in the U. S.—106 pictures...

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