On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 0415969891

ISBN-13: 9780415969895

Edition: 2005

Authors: James Elkins

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Religion and serious art have grown apart. While Sister Wendy speaks eloquently about modern art as if it were all religious, art historians distance themselves from the very idea of spirituality. And yet there is a tremendous amount of religious art outside the art world. For millennia, art has been religious - even in times and places when there was no word for "art." Then, in the Renaissance, it became possible for art to glorify the artist, making viewers think more of his skills than of the subjects he portrayed. The modern artist faces a more complex dilemma - one that no art historian has talked about until now. Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? John Updike calls modern art "a religion assembled from the fragments of our daily life," but does that mean that contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your spiritual belief? On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Artis about the curious disconnectbetween spirituality and current art. This book will enable you to walk into a museum and talk about the spirituality that is or is not visible in the art you see.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/4/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface
The Words Religion and Art
A Very Brief History of Religion in Art
How Some Scholars Deal with the Question
Five Stories
Kim
Rehema
Brian
Ria
Joel
Kim's Story Explained: The End of Religious Art
Rehema's Story Explained: The Creation of New Faiths
Brian's Story Explained: Art that Is Critical of Religion
Ria's Story Explained: How Artists Try to Burn Away Religion
Joel's Story Explained: Unconscious Religion
Some Words to Describe Spiritual Art
Conclusions
Notes
Index
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