Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Just Old-Time Religion?

Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Just Old-Time Religion?

by Ronald R. Bernier
     
 

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Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Just Old-Time Religion? explores the possible reemergence of a theological dimension to contemporary art. Long estranged from symbol and sacrament, contemporary artists—and those who think and write about them—seem to have turned once again to a vision rooted in the sacred. In an era marked culturally by world-weary

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Beyond Belief: Theoaesthetics or Just Old-Time Religion? explores the possible reemergence of a theological dimension to contemporary art. Long estranged from symbol and sacrament, contemporary artists—and those who think and write about them—seem to have turned once again to a vision rooted in the sacred. In an era marked culturally by world-weary cynicism and self-conscious irony, a new "humanism" may be emerging, one which aims to move beyond fragmentation and opposition to integration and unification. The aim of this book is not to propose a resurgence of religious iconography, but rather to give voice to long-suppressed—often maligned, and certainly professionally risky—positions informed by and reverberating with themes of the sacred. The essays included here, by a range of scholars working on these issues today, originated as a lively and spirited session of the 2008 College Art Association annual conference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608990870
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald R. Bernier is Assistant Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of Monument, Moment, and Memory: Monet's Cathedral in Fin-de-Siecle France (2007).

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