Blog › Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

Posted Sept. 4, 2018, 3:55 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

Nelson Atkins

 

Spirituality, huh? There is a case to be made for it being essential for existence not unlike a fire is for a candle.

Some would claim the same for art and even go a step further claiming that art is not merely what is seen but what it makes other see, which make it come full circle and links it to spirituality.

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art is a tome focused – as the telling title suggests – on the linkages between spiritual elements in art of the last three decades. What I found interesting is that it extends its scope far beyond the confines of merely Western art and reaches into Indigenous and other cultures, which depending on the specific culture are at times centred around spiritual motives.

In essence, the book is a celebration of diversity and plurality with not merely depicting artworks but substantiating them with well-researched elaborations, which tackle sujets from different angles to provide a holistic outlook that is calibrated at a level which should hold the interest of both academic as well as general audiences.

It goes deeper that mere face value level examinations of mainstream art and refrains from preaching to the converted: There is no need to be a spiritual person to be intrigued by the subject matter and, as a matter of fact, the book specifically appeals not only to believers but also agnostics and sceptics alike by addressing fundamental questions that concern all of us, which serves as a common foundation and denomination for the essays.

If you are into art for more than mere aesthetics and “art pour l’art” this one is something that you should not go without in your library.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Girlvert memoir by Oriana Small

Posted by T
March 27, 2020, 9:24 p.m.

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir Oriana Small Rare Bird Books   The title of this tome is a telling one as it details a span of ten years that evolve from ... read more

Static Shock Weekend

Posted by Mirza
March 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.

Static Shock Weekend London, UK March 2020 It feels weird to be writing this review now. Just days after returning from London and Static Shock Records annual DIY hardcore punk ... read more

Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self

Posted by T
March 20, 2020, 7:06 p.m.

Caspar David Friedrich: Nature and the Self Yale University Press   Classifying Caspar David Friedrich’s oeuvre and paintings as “atmospheric” would be an understatement par excellence. The way CDF channelled ... read more

Whisky: A Tasting Course book review

Posted by T
March 16, 2020, 6:29 p.m.

Whisky Eddie Ludlow DK Australia   Eddie Ludlow’s mission consists not only of preaching to the converted and expanding their horizons but getting non-believers turned on to whisky – the ... read more

Water of Life–Meticulousness & Attention to Detail

Posted by T
March 15, 2020, 10:01 a.m.

Water of Life – Meticulousness and Attention to Detail The AMC series Breaking Bad has chronicled the exploits of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned drug lord who ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.