The Politics and Psychoanalysis of Primitivism.

In this book, first published by Ziggurat books, London, in 1996, Newton examines the parallel between the modern artist’s excavation and investigation of the creative process in abstraction and the primitivist impulse to surpass cultural convention and constraint. Newton uses a psychoanalytical investigative method to analyse the relationship between modern art and psychotic art and shows how ‘psycho-spiritual’ experience as encountered in the tribal ritual trance is integral to the creative process. The book is distributed by Art Books International, but can be ordered by e-mail.