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A woman looking at men looking at women : essays on art, sex, and the mind

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind
by Siri Hustvedt
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. We love with our desires--although everything has been done to try and apply a canon even to love. 1 --Pablo Picasso The important thing is first of all to have a real love for the visible world that lies outside ourselves as well as to know the deep secret of what goes on within ourselves. For the visible world in combination with our inner selves provides the realm where we may seek infinitely for the individuality of our own souls. 2 --Max Beckmann Maybe in that earlier phase I was painting the woman in me. Art isn't a wholly masculine occupation, you know. I'm aware that some critics would take this to be an admission of latent homosexuality. If I painted beautiful women, would that make me a nonhomosexual? I like beautiful women. In the flesh; even the models in magazines. Women irritate me sometimes. I painted that irritation in the "Woman" series. That's all. 3 --Willem de Kooning Excerpted from A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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Introduction -- A woman looking at men looking at women. A woman looking at men looking at women -- Balloon magic -- My Louise Bourgeois -- Anselm Kiefer: the truth is always gray -- Mapplethorpe / Almodóvar: points and counterpoints -- Wim Wenders's Pina: dancing for dance -- Much ado about hairdos -- Sontag on smut: fifty years later -- "No competition" -- The writing self and the psychiatric patient -- Inside the room -- The delusions of certainty -- What are we? : Lectures on the human condition. Borderlands: first, second, and third person adventures in crossing disciplines -- Becoming others -- Why one story and not another? -- I wept for four years and when I stopped I was blind -- Suicide and the drama of self-consciousness -- Subjunctive flights: thinking through the embodied reality of imaginary worlds -- Remembering in art: the horizontal and the vertical -- Philosophy matters in brain matters -- Kierkegaard's pseudonyms and the truths of fiction.

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