On the Strange Place of Religion

On the Strange Place of Religion

by James Elkins, Elkins James
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415969895
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

The words religion and art1
A very brief history of religion in art5
How some scholars deal with the question21
Five stories29
Kim29
Rehema31
Brian33
Ria34
Joel35
Kim's story explained : the end of religious art39
Rehema's story explained : the creation of new faiths51
Brian's story explained : art that is critical of religion65
Ria's story explained : how artists try to burn away religion77
Joel's story explained : unconscious religion95
Some words to describe spiritual art105

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