Art & Religion in the 21st Century

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Aaron Rosen
  • New York, NY: 
    Thames & Hudson
    , November
     2015.
     256 pages.
     $60.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780500239315.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

This book has been reviewed in JAAR by Jeremy Biles. Click here to read the review.

The relationship between art and religion has been long, complex, and often conflicted, and it has given rise to many of the greatest works in the history of art. Artists today continue to reflect seriously upon religious traditions, themes, and institutions, suggesting a new approach to spirituality that is more considered than confrontational.

Art & Religion in the 21st Century is the first in-depth study to survey an international roster of artists who use their work to explore religion’s cultural, social, political, and psychological impact on today’s world. An introduction outlines the debates and controversies that the art/religion connection has precipitated throughout history. Each of the book’s ten chapters introduces a theme—ideas of the Creation, the figure of Jesus, the sublime, wonder, diaspora and exile, religious and political conflict, ritual practice, mourning and monumentalizing, and spiritual “dwelling” in the body and in space—followed by a selection of works of art that illustrates that theme. Artists discussed include Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Makoto Fujimura, David LaChapelle, Annette Messager, Jason Rhoades, Andres Serrano, and Zeng Fanzhi.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Aaron Rosen is Lecturer in Sacred Traditions and the Arts and the Liberal Arts Programme Convenor at King’s College London. He has written widely for popular and scholarly publications and is the author of Imagining Jewish Art: Encounters with the Masters in Chagall, Guston, and Kitaj.

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