Philosophy Art and Religion

Philosophy  Art  and Religion
Author: Gordon Graham
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-09-07
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781108364126

Download Philosophy Art and Religion Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

At a time when religion and science are thought to be at loggerheads, art is widely hailed as religion's natural spiritual ally. Philosophy, Art, and Religion investigates the extent to which this is true. It charts the way in which modern conceptions of 'Art' often marginalize the sacred arts, construing choral and instrumental music, painting and iconography, poetry, drama, and architecture as 'applied' arts that necessarily fall short of the ideal of 'art for art's sake'. Drawing on both history of art and philosophical aesthetics, Graham sets out the historical context in which the arts came to free themselves from religious patronage, in order to conceptualize the cultural context in which religious art currently finds itself. The book then relocates religious art within the aesthetics of everyday life. Subsequent chapters systematically explore each of the sacred arts, using a wide range of illustrative examples to uncover the ways in which artworks can illuminate religious faith, and religious content can lend artworks a deeper dimension.

Art and Religion in Africa

Art and Religion in Africa
Author: Rosalind I. J. Hackett
Publsiher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Total Pages: 252
Release: 1996
Genre: Art and religion
ISBN: UOM:39015038164540

Download Art and Religion in Africa Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

The artistic and religious traditions of Africa constitute a primary expression of the intellectual and cultural vitality of this vast and fascinating continent. Art plays a vital role - especially when oral traditions dominate - in expressing and communicating ideas about the relationships between the human, spiritual and natural worlds. However, despite the ritual and symbolic significance of many artistic works, the interactive and interdependent relationship between art and religion in the African context remains understudied and misunderstood. This book draws on the methodologies of several disciplines to provide a greater understanding of the philosophical and religious aspects of artistic works and to challenge Western perceptions of what is "important". Case studies and examples reflect the geographical, material and gendered diversity of Africa's visual and performing arts and highlight the changes imposed by Christianity, Islam and the newer religious movements in post-colonial Africa.

Religion and Art

Religion and Art
Author: Davor Džalto
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2019-06-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9783039210329

Download Religion and Art Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

How can we think of the “aura” of (sacred) contexts and (sacred) works? How to think of individual and collective (esthetic/religious) experiences? What to make of the manipulative dimension of (religious and esthetic) “auratic” experiences? Is the work of art still capable of mediating the experience of the “sacred,” and under what conditions? What is the significance of the “eschatological” dimension of both art and religion (the sense of “ending”)? Can theology offer a way to reaffirm the creative capacities of the human being as something that characterizes the very condition of being human? This Special Issue aspires to contribute to the growing literature on contemporary art and religion, and to explore the new ways of thinking of art and the sacred (in their esthetic, ideological, and institutional dimensions) in the context of contemporary culture.

Religion and Contemporary Art

Religion and Contemporary Art
Author: Ronald R. Bernier,Rachel Hostetter Smith
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 475
Release: 2023-05-10
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781000868456

Download Religion and Contemporary Art Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

Religion and Contemporary Art sets the theoretical frameworks and interpretive strategies for exploring the re-emergence of religion in the making, exhibiting, and discussion of contemporary art. Featuring essays from both established and emerging scholars, critics, and artists, the book reflects on what might be termed an "accord" between contemporary art and religion. It explores the common strategies contemporary artists employ in the interface between religion and contemporary art practice. It also includes case studies to provide more in-depth treatments of specific artists grappling with themes such as ritual, abstraction, mythology, the body, popular culture, science, liturgy, and social justice, among other themes. It is a must-read resource for working artists, critics, and scholars in this field, and an invitation to new voices "curious" about its promises and possibilities.

Art Religion and Resistance in Post Communist Romania

Art  Religion and Resistance in  Post  Communist Romania
Author: Maria Alina Asavei
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2020-10-22
Genre: History
ISBN: 9783030562557

Download Art Religion and Resistance in Post Communist Romania Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

This book illuminates the interconnections between politics and religion through the lens of artistic production, exploring how art inspired by religion functioned as a form of resistance, directed against both Romanian national communism (1960-1989) and, latterly, consumerist society and its global market. It investigates the critical, tactical and subversive employments of religious motifs and themes in contemporary art pieces that confront the religious ‘affair’ in post-communist Romania. In doing so, it addresses a key gap in previous scholarship, which has paid little attention to the relationship between religious art and political resistance in communist Central and South-East Europe.

The Re enchantment of the World

The Re enchantment of the World
Author: Gordon Graham
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2007-11-01
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9780191532801

Download The Re enchantment of the World Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

The Re-enchantment of the World is a philosophical exploration of the role of art and religion as sources of meaning in an increasingly material world dominated by science. Gordon Graham takes as his starting point Max Weber's idea that contemporary Western culture is marked by a 'disenchantment of the world' — the loss of spiritual value in the wake of religion's decline and the triumph of the physical and biological sciences. Relating themes in Hegel, Nietzsche, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer, and Gadamer to topics in contemporary philosophy of the arts, Graham explores the idea that art, now freed from its previous service to religion, has the potential to re-enchant the world. In so doing, he develops an argument that draws on the strengths of both 'analytical' and 'continental' traditions of philosophical reflection. The opening chapter examines ways in which human lives can be made meaningful as a background to the debates surrounding secularization and secularism. Subsequent chapters are devoted to painting, literature, music, architecture, and festival with special attention given to Surrealism, 19th-century fiction, James Joyce, the music of J. S. Bach and the operas of Wagner. Graham concludes that that only religion properly so called can 'enchant the world', and that modern art's ambition to do so fails.

Art Religion Amnesia

Art  Religion  Amnesia
Author: Donald Preziosi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 193
Release: 2013-12-04
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781136472763

Download Art Religion Amnesia Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

Art, Religion, Amnesia addresses the relationship between art and religion in contemporary culture, directly challenging contemporary notions of art and religion as distinct social phenomena and explaining how such Western terms represent alternative and even antithetical modes of world-making. In this new book, Professor Preziosi offers a critique of the main thrust of writing in recent years on the subjects of art, religion, and their interconnections, outlining in detail a perspective which redefines the basic terms in which recent debates and discussions have been articulated both in the scholarly and popular literature, and in artistic, political and religious practice. Art, Religion and Amnesia proposes an alternative to the two conventional traditions of writing on the subject which have been devoted on the one hand to the ‘spiritual’ dimensions of artistry, and on the other hand to the (equally spurious) ‘aesthetic’ aspects of religion. The book interrogates the fundamental assumptions fuelling many current controversies over representation, idolatry, blasphemy, and political culture. Drawing on debates from Plato’s proposal to banish representational art from his ideal city-state to the Danish cartoons of Mohamed, Preziosi argues that recent debates have echoed a number of very ancient controversies in political philosophy, theology, and art history over the problem of representation and its functions in individual and social life. This book is a unique re-evaluation of the essential indeterminacy of meaning-making, marking a radically new approach to understanding the inextricability of aesthetics and theology and will be of interest to students and researchers in art history, philosophy and religion and cultural theory.

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art
Author: James Elkins
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2004
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0415969883

Download On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art Book in PDF, Epub and Kindle

Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? Answering this question and more, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art explores the curious disconnection between spirituality and current art.