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On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

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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
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Hardcover, 148 pages
Published September 30th 2004 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2004)
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Rob
Jun 06, 2007 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-religion
Artists who are also religiously minded live in two, often competing, worlds. The art world does not understand nor trust religion (see Postmodern Heretics). Religious communities do not trust nor understand the art world (see State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe). James Elkins has now done justice to both worlds with intellectual curiously and respect.

The book offers a handful of scenerios of how fine artists, including art students, have treated religion in their works from the i
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Jason Cytacki
Dec 04, 2012 Jason Cytacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice and concise, Elkins discusses one of the white elephants of the art world, religion, in a way that is thought provoking. I enjoy how he points out that most art that is considered religious today is either critical or ironic, with very little "serious" devotional work created or perhaps accepted in the art world today.
Rebekah Jarvis
Dec 16, 2009 Rebekah Jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this short book is mildly dissatisfying in some respects, I have still come away from the experience with a brimming handful of fresh leads/citations to follow and with a newfound perspective on my own work, which does engage with religion, albeit indirectly. For sparking off a dozen internal conversations and explicitly defining the source and quality of the deep squeamishness I have felt concerning the religious and contemporary art, I give this book an overall positive rating, even thou ...more
Poy Born
Nov 11, 2012 Poy Born rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
perfectly reasoned, well organized, etc. Deviates occasionally (and usefully) into pretty amusing art-school ethnography. Maybe no real strong conclusions are reached but definitely gave me a lot to think about.
Alex Bigney
the title and expectations weren't fulfilled in the book. i expected something more than what it is...a bit more shallow than i wished. i was originally fascinated by the title.
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James Elkins (1955 – present) is an art historian and art critic. He is E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also coordinates the Stone Summer Theory Institute, a short term school on contemporary art history based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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