Decades after Sigmund Freud probed unconscious human drives in his case histories, his grandson, Lucian, appeared to do the same on canvas. The 110 works in his retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art reveal his subjects in unflinching, microscopic detail -- enough to make grandpa blush.
It began with the first two human born into this world, the world's first brothers.
As you walk through the "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture" exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, a scratchy BBC recording of Freud speaking in heavily accented English wafts through the space like an unintelligible message from the unconscious. It is only when you stand directly in front of the speaker at the end of the exhibition that his words become clear: "I discovered some new and important facts of the unconscious in psychic life. ... I had to pay heavily for this bit of good luck. ... Resistance was strong and unrelenting ... the struggle is not yet over."