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The Vocation of the Artist - Deborah J. Haynes

The Vocation of the Artist

Paperback Published: 29th December 1997
ISBN: 9780521589697
Number Of Pages: 352

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Originating in the author's experience as a practicing artist and scholar, this book is a thoroughly postmodern enterprise that draws from a wide range of historical and theoretical resources in cultural history, especially art history/theory and the study of religion. It discusses historical roles of the artist, and also presents a particular perspective on the contemporary function of the artist as prophetic critic and visionary. Using specific interpretations of the words "vocation," "prophetic," and "visionary," the author brings attention to the need for artists to assess critically the relationship of the past and present to the future. This book is addressed to those interested in the interdisciplinary dialogue of the visual arts, religion, and ethics.

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"Her vision for artists to be active in constructing a positive future for our world is to be applauded." Mark Torgerson, Worship

Preliminary Issues
A proposition
The efficacy of art
Roles of the Artist
Premodern theocentric mimetic craftsperson
Modern anthropocentric original inventor
Avant-garde prophet
Postmodern parodic ex-centric bricoleur
The Reclamation of the Future
Prophetic criticism
Visionary imagination
Creativity, utopia, and hope
A final image
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ISBN: 9780521589697
ISBN-10: 052158969X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th December 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.86