But as time passes by the ‘hidden order’ in art’s substructure (the work of unconscious form creation) rises to the surface. The modern artist Anton Ehrenzweig. THE HIDDEN ORDER OF ART. Anton Ehrenzweig. PSYCHOANALYSIS teaches that artistic creativeness is fed from very deep unconscious levels of the mind. cation of The Hidden Order of Art in Because of his ter of Ehrenzweig’s books and in every article, .. Anton Ehrenzweig is surely correct when he.

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I do not think that a reader who wants to proceed on a single track will understand the complexity of art and creativity in general anyway. All artistic structure is essentially ‘polyphonic’; it evolves not in a single line of thought, but in several superimposed strands at once. Even the most persuasive and logical argument cannot make up for his lack of sensitivity.

Like most thinking on depth-psychology it proceeds from the conscious surface to the deeper levels of the unconscious. From the Inside Flap “One of the most intelligent books ever written about the psychology of artistic creativity. He gives great weight to a dialectic of shame and shamelessness; for Ehrenzweig artists are exhibitionists, and heroically so because they are shameless, or more accurately because they have the courage to stand up against guilt, which he understands as cover for a more profound anxiety.

The Minimum Content of Art Hence creativity requires a diffuse, scattered kind of attention that contradicts our normal logical habits of thinking.

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The unconscious functions overcome and fragment the conscious surface sensibilities and tear reason into shreds. I have also included this quote on my blog: The main problem is that one gets glimpses that all too readily disappear, leaving the artist in a perpetual state of confusion.


The argument of this book ranges from highly theoretical speculations to highly ehrenzwsig problems of modern art and practical hints for the art teacher, and it is most unlikely that I can find a reader who will feel at home on every level of the argument. Moreover, it has helped me greatly in my creative projects, as well as in picking up information from the environment that later turns out to be quite useful.

However, I think his greatest usefulness in the era of the digital, is as a reminder of what human capacities really are.

I myself seem to have preserved some of this ability. On the other hand I have reason to hope that a hidxen who is attuned to the hidden substructure of art will find no difficulty in following the diffuse and scattered structure of my exposition. Yet owing to the powers of the creative mind real disaster is averted.

But there krder a core of truth in his ideas. Gradually aspects move ehrsnzweig view that defy this kind of rational analysis. What follows is immersion in the working process as the artist makes everything cohere on a deep level, a level normally not accessible to conscious awareness. Training Spontaneity through the Intellect. This page was last edited on 2 Mayat But he takes this discussion further and suggests that through the complex of shame and self-exposure art is tightly bound to science.

On the other hand I have reason to hope that a reader who is attuned to the hidden substructure of ordrr will find no difficulty in following the diffuse and scattered structure of my exposition. One example he uses of how an adult uses non-differentiated perception is a chess master who is able to plot several moves ahead.

The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Yet owing to the powers of hjdden creative mind real disaster is averted. Ehrenzweig maintains that the chess master does not evaluate a series of moves in an analytical manner, but rather uses non-differentiated perception, which allows many more computations to be carried out on a subconscious level.


So why bother about him? This is the manic stage, characterized by elation and a feeling of flow and perfect unity between artist and work. This kind of treatment may well appear chaotic to an orderly mind.

That is a bonus to students of these evolving disciplines. Simply said, when art serves the society of the spectacle, the dialectic of heart and head, the unconscious and the conscious that brought it to creative life, collapses. Thr Default Theory of Aesthetic Value. He wrote the book in the sixties, when the Gestalt theory of perception was very much in vogue.

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It has had a great influence in ehrenzzweig explanation and justification of the extreme types of modem art, and has been a direct inspiration to many artists. It happens all the time as a normal human capacity.

So it seems this book has been “reprinted” on custom order but not thoroughly checked before shipping. He along with all other Jewish internees was released in Is it too high a claim to say that the polyphonic argument of my book must angon read with this creative type of attention?

The Hidden Order of Art

That is a pity, because for any artist it is a book that offers a lot. The conflict between deliberate and spontaneous methods of working is indeed profound.

Anton Ehrenzweig 27 November — wnton December was an Austrian -born British theorist on modern art and modern music.

Hence creativity requires a diffuse, scattered kind of attention that contradicts our normal logical habits of thinking.

But fortunately this does not really matter.

Modern art displays this attack of unreason on reason quite openly. They ultimately evade all conscious control.