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Is contemporary art a friend or foe of Christianity? Art historian, critic, and curator Daniel Siedell, addresses this question and presents a framework for interpreting art from a Christian worldview in God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art. As such, it is an excellent companion to Francis Schaeffer's classic Art and the Bible. Divided into three parts--"Theology," "History," and "Practice"--God in the Gallery demonstrates that art is in conversation with and not opposed to the Christian faith. In addition, this book is beautifully enhanced with images from such artists as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Enrique Martínez Celaya, and others. Readers of this book will include professors, students, artists, and anyone interested in Christianity and culture.
About the Author
Daniel A. Siedell (PhD, University of Iowa) is presidential scholar and art historian in residence at The King's College in New York City. He is also visiting professor of Christianity and culture at Knox Theological Seminary. Siedell previously was scholar in residence at the New City Arts Initiative in Charlottesville, Virginia, and served at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was curator of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Siedell has published numerous articles in Christian Scholar's Review, Studies in Religious Perspectives, and various other journals.
Table of Contents
A History of Modern Art 35
Enrique Martinez Celaya's Thing and Deception: The Artistic Practice of Belief 51
Embodying Transcendence: Material Spirituality in Contemporary Art 71
Art Criticism 109
Art, Liturgy, and the Church 133
Conclusion: The Search for Christian Art and the Christian Artist 153