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July 22, 2011 |
Lucian Freud, a British artist who gained fame for his intense and deeply textural nude paintings, has died. He was 88. Freud, the grandson of the pioneering psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, died Wednesday at his home in London following an illness, according to a representative for his New York dealer, William Acquavella. The artist's best-known works feature subjects in anguished, anti-erotic poses, their psychology externalized onto their fleshy bodies. He liked to use impasto, a technique involving the thick application of paint, to create his highly textured portraits.
April 11, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - They are asking all the wrong people here to predict the outcome of Saturday night's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. Sportswriters? Are you kidding? This analysis demands a bit more depth than arguing the merits of the designated hitter. Too bad Sigmund Freud has departed us. His insights into these two fighters could be both learned and insightful. In the blue corner, from the Philippines, is the congressman from the Sarangani district, Manny Pacquiao, with a record of 55-5-2 and 38 knockouts.
November 27, 1987 |
A Godless Jew: Freud, Atheism, and the Making of Psychoanalysis by Peter Gay (Yale: $17.95; 208 pages) A good friend of mine who has seen several psychiatrists over the last 20 years recently told me that his first analyst was not Jewish, and from him he learned that one shouldn't waste one's money on non-Jewish psychiatrists. All the rest of his doctors have been Jewish, he said, and from them he learned that one shouldn't waste one's money on Jewish psychiatrists, either.
October 17, 2013 |
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
April 4, 2004 |
I believe it was in Los Angeles, just over 20 years ago, that I first heard the name of Sabina Spielrein. Film producer Howard Rosenman told me the fascinating story of the Russian doctor, one of the first female psychoanalysts, who, as a teenager, had been one of Carl Jung's patients, had stayed in Zurich to study psychology at the University of Zurich, and who might have had a love affair with Jung. She subsequently moved to Vienna, briefly became a patient of Sigmund Freud, married a Russian colleague and eventually returned to Russia.
May 15, 2000 |
No scientific figure has permeated the American consciousness--and perhaps its unconscious--more than Sigmund Freud. From Freudian slips to defense mechanisms to the cigars he made more notorious than Monica Lewinsky ever could, Freud's ideas are everywhere. They've shaped the way we see the mind, altered the way we interpret literature and brought talk therapy to the world at large.
February 14, 1999 |
Trials and theater have always been siblings. Both produce heroes and villains and depend for their form on audience recognition. Both engage ideas of deception and honesty, attempting to create public, culturally resonant spectacle out of private, even illicit truth. Yet, while it contained all the elements of great drama, the trial of President Bill Clinton failed miserably as theater.
October 17, 1993 |
The epic romance of psychoanalysis is made up of numerous smaller romances, each inviting a variety of interpretations, quite enough to nourish the literary imagination for a long time to come. John Kerr's, "A Most Dangerous Method," is an engaging, beautifully written, account of the ill-fated alliance between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung that began in 1906 when the 50-year-old Freud named Jung, a 31-year-old psychiatrist at the Burgholzli clinic in Zurich, as heir to his psychoanalytic program.
February 28, 1999 |
At the very beginning of the 20th century, as at its close, mainstream psychiatry has embraced a resolutely reductionist account of mental disorders, seeming to suggest that their psychological, social and moral dimensions may be safely set aside as the purely epiphenomenal accompaniments of an essentially biological condition. Sigmund Freud advanced a very different perspective on mental illness, of course.