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On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

1st Edition

By James Elkins


148 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

About 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies