On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

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Overview

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 Art explores the curious disconnection between 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415969888
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Elkins is Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chair of Art History at University College, Cork, Ireland. Among his books are Pictures and Tears, Visual Studies: a Skeptical Introduction, What Painting Is, Stories of Art, and How to Use Your Eyes, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

The words religion and art 1
A very brief history of religion in art 5
How some scholars deal with the question 21
Five stories 29
Kim 29
Rehema 31
Brian 33
Ria 34
Joel 35
Kim's story explained : the end of religious art 39
Rehema's story explained : the creation of new faiths 51
Brian's story explained : art that is critical of religion 65
Ria's story explained : how artists try to burn away religion 77
Joel's story explained : unconscious religion 95
Some words to describe spiritual art 105
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