On Art and Trauma
Published by MW Editions/The Warehouse.
Edited by Gavin Delahunty. Text by Robert Storr, Hal Foster, Beatriz Colomina, Bracha Ettinger, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Erika Naginski, Huey Copeland, Griselda Pollock.
How art has addressed and transmuted trauma over the past half-century, from Louise Bourgeois to Glenn Ligon
Trauma in all its forms—internal and external, individual and collective—has been an enduring theme in 20th- and 21st-century art. The proliferation of violent imagery, particularly since the expansion of mass media during and after World War II, has led to artworks that marshal consciousness of traumatic events and their cultural processing. These developments in art run parallel with the emergence of trauma studies, which confront the repercussions of traumatic events: the Holocaust, global conflict, sexual violence, systemic racism and gender discrimination. Psychic Wounds brings together artists from the mid-20th century to the present who have addressed trauma in their work. The book also contains an anthology of critical writings on trauma by curators, art historians and theorists, among them Robert Storr, Griselda Pollock, Huey Copeland and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
Artists include: Gerhard Richter, Kazuo Shiraga, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Glenn Ligon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Bruce Nauman and Anicka Yi.