Breaking Resemblance

The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art

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Alena Alexandrova
  • Bronx, NY: 
    Fordham University Press
    , May
     288 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Lieke Wijnia forthcoming.


In recent decades curators and artists have shown a distinct interest in religion, its different traditions, manifestations in public life, gestures and images. Breaking Resemblance explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and religion by focusing on the ways artists re-work religious motifs as a means to reflect critically on our desire to believe in images, on the history of seeing them, and on their double power--iconic and political. It discusses a number of exhibitions that take religion as their central theme, and a selection of works by Bill Viola, Lawrence Malstaf, Victoria Reynolds, and Berlinde de Bruyckere--all of whom, in their respective ways and media, recycle religious motifs and iconography and whose works resonate with, or problematize the motif of, the true image.

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

Alena Alexandrova is associate professor at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB), Norway and at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



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