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On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art - James Elkins

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780415969888
Number Of Pages: 148

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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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"For those searching for a way to broach the intriguing and complicated topic of religion in relation to cintemporary art, this book provides much to talk about..." --The Journal of Religion

Prefacep. ix
The Words Religion and Artp. 1
A Very Brief History of Religion in Artp. 5
How Some Scholars Deal with the Questionp. 21
Five Storiesp. 29
Kimp. 29
Rehemap. 31
Brianp. 33
Riap. 34
Joelp. 35
Kim's Story Explained: The End of Religious Artp. 39
Rehema's Story Explained: The Creation of New Faithsp. 51
Brian's Story Explained: Art that Is Critical of Religionp. 65
Ria's Story Explained: How Artists Try to Burn Away Religionp. 77
Joel's Story Explained: Unconscious Religionp. 95
Some Words to Describe Spiritual Artp. 105
Conclusionsp. 115
Notesp. 117
Indexp. 133
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ISBN: 9780415969888
ISBN-10: 0415969883
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1