Art: Mystic at Work

"The psyche is not of today. It reaches back to prehistoric ages. Has man really changed in the last 10,000 years?" Thus Carl Jung introduced his theory of archetypes: of the instinctive symbols which, he argued, describe the primary, immortal structures of the human mind. Generally speaking, it has been Freud, not Jung, who presided over modern art—chiefly through Surrealism. But the hope of discovering forms that are numinous and sacred in Jung's sense has never quite left painting. To be sure, a lot of its manifestations have been head-shop trash—Peter Max mandalas...

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