Art Criticism and Psychoanalysis,
A Test Case: Adrian Stokes and Melanie Klein

Richard Read

Pub Talk

Thursdays at the Fremantle Hotel, corner Cliff & High Streets
Presentations start 6.30pm sharp.

12 September 2002


The talk develops three loosely related themes concerning Adrian Stokes's psychoanalysis with Melanie Klein. They arise from my experience of studying his life and work and from a case history based on Stokes in Klein's writings. One is the problematic relationship between autobiography and theory in his writings, another is the tension between spontaneity and calculation that emerged in his analysis, and the third is Klein's approach to the rift between beautiful surfaces and frightening interiors in Stokes's responses to bodies, buildings and other artefacts. It concludes with reflections on the aftermath of analysis in his later writings and offers a suggestion to anyone who, in this part of the world, suffers from the unlikely problem of feeling unduly influenced by his work.

Pub Talk | 2002

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