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Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Christian Science Connection Within The British Modern Art Movement

My latest article for Artlyst is entitled 'The Christian Science Connection Within The British Modern Art Movement' and highlights the influence of Christian Science on the work of Paul Nash and Barbara Hepworth:

'Christian Science does not explain the work of Nash and Hepworth just as surely as their work does not illustrate Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Yet Christian Science and religion more broadly is a factor in their work and one, which if overlooked or disregarded, diminishes our understanding of and appreciation for their actual achievements. This is not the case simply for the religious beliefs of British Modernists, however, but also holds true whether it is, for example, the art of Rothko, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Thek, Serrano, Hirst, Ofili, Wallinger or de Waal that we are exploring.

Religion is a factor in the work of each of these artists; one which needs to be explored more than has often been the case in the past and which should be given substantive weight in understanding their work whilst also recognising that its significance does not exhaust the ways in which their work can be understood and appreciated.'

My other Artlyst articles are:

Switchfoot - When We Come Alive.

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