Jonathan Fineberg

My interest in psychoanalysis began early. My father was one of the first psychoanalysts to be trained in child analysis in America after World War Two. While completing my Ph.D. in art history I also enrolled as a “research candidate” in psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 1970 and completed my training analysis in 1975. I continued with course work at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute in New Haven while teaching at Yale, and I continue to study and write about art from a social-psychoanalytic perspective. The underlying theoretical foundation of my book Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being has to do with the way in which individual artists negotiate the reality of their experience in their work. Some examples of more explicit use of this psychoanalytic interest are (early in my career) the 1978 essay on Motherwell for Artforum and more recently my essay on the psycho-dynamics of art in When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child (University of California Press, 2006).
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