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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Jonathan Anderson: Religious Inspirations Behind Modernism – Artlyst Interview

My latest interview for Artlyst is with Jonathan Anderson, co-author with William Dyrness, of Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016). In a wide-ranging interview, we explore two untold stories about modern art; first, Western art carries the mark of its religious roots; and, second, modern art is always doing theology at some level.

Jonathan says: 'Over the past twenty years or so there has been a remarkable shift in the number of artists who are more explicitly thinking about religion, the number of curators who are staging exhibitions specifically addressing questions of religion in contemporary art, and the number of scholars who are studying the role of religion and theology in modern and contemporary art. There are now shelves of books and exhibition catalogues related to these topics, and they are being written from several perspectives and at the intersection of several disciplines, including art history, religious studies, sociology, and theology. This shift has created a conversation that feels fairly chaotic and unfocused, and there also remains, as James Elkins has said, ‘a complex structure of refusals’ against this kind of conversation both in academia and in the art world. But, nevertheless, the shift has been quite remarkable.'

The ground covered in our conversation includes aspects of art history, hermeneutics, postmodernism, spirituality, and theology.

My other Artlyst articles and interviews are:

Leonard Cohen - Born In Chains.

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