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Solano, P. Quagelli, L. (2020). On Andy Warhol: Between Repetition & Symbolization. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 28(2):257-276.

(2020). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 28(2):257-276

On Andy Warhol: Between Repetition & Symbolization

Paola Solano, M.D., Ph.D. and Luca Quagelli, Ph.D.

In this article we discuss the use of repetition in Andy Warhol's art in the light of recent psychoanalytical understandings. In particular, we identify three different kinds of repetition—repetition as adhesiveness, repetition as series of pop art objects, and repetition as revisitation—all represented progressively in his works. Following a thorough analysis of Warhol's artworks, we show how these different kinds of repetition are not merely dehumanizing defences that shield from otherness but also attempts of subjective appropriation of experience. Different psychoanalytic conceptualizations supporting and explaining these understandings of the phenomena of repetition are presented and discussed in order to provide a comprehensive background for our suggestions concerning the complex way in which Warhol's art developed and its possible connection with primary symbolization processes.

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