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The relationship the church and the contemporary art world often find themselves in is complicated and, for many Protestants and Catholitcs, contentious.
A volume from the Studies in Theology and the Arts series, Contemporary Art and the Church explores a basis for renewed relationship and fruitful dialogue between these two different worlds. Emerging out conversations facilitated at the 2015 biennial conference of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), this volume gathers together essays and reflections by artists, theologians, and church leaders as they sought to explore misperceptions, create a hospitable space to learn from each other, and imagine the possibility of a renewed and mutually fruitful relationship.
Contemporary Art and the Church seeks common ground for the common good of both the church and the contemporary art world
About the Series
IVP Academic's Studies in Theology and the Arts (STA) series seeks to enable Christians to reflect more deeply upon the relationship between their faith and humanity's artistic and cultural expressions. By drawing on the insights of both academic theologians and artistic practitioners, this series encourages thoughtful engagement with and critical discernment of the full variety of artistic media—including visual art, music, literature, film, theater, and more—which both embody and inform Christian thinking.Advisory Board: Jeremy Begbie, Craig Detweiler, Makoto Fujimura, Matthew Milliner, Ben Quash, Linda Stratford, W. David O. Taylor, Gregory Wolfe, and Judith Wolfe
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Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Studies in Theology and the Arts
"What a rich and vibrant colloquy on the visual arts and theology! I can hear the voices behind the words—multivalent, wise, contemporary, galvanizing. They offer a comprehensive understanding of CIVA, the growing movement that partners faith with contemporary art."
—Luci Shaw, writer in residence, Regent College, author of Thumbprint in the Clay and Sea Glass
"For nearly eighteen hundred years, the Christian church was one of the prime patrons of art, allowing a pivotal role for art and artist. Yet for the past two centuries, artists have been largely estranged from their old patron for many reasons, not in the least due to a sea-change in art's self-understanding. Contemporary Art and the Church explores a new basis for that old relationship, functioning like a generous invitation to join an ongoing conversation between experts who are surprisingly interested in the layperson's role in this important project: reenvisioning a role for art and artist in the church in this still-new century."
—Bruce Herman, Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, Gordon College
"In the art world, it's always October (October being the name of the Marxist journal that has long dominated the field). This essay collection shows that many are ready to flip the calendar to see what a new season will bring. Contemporary Art and the Church affords further evidence that glasnost ('openness') and perestroika ('restructuring') are challenging the enduring Cold War between art and religion, which requires rethinking from both sides of the divide. The authors shout in unison, 'Tear down this wall,' and it finally feels like 1989."
—Matthew J. Milliner, associate professor of art history, Wheaton College
"This volume stems from the 2015 biennial conference of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), an organisation founded in the late 1970s to encourage dialogue between the church and visual arts. How different the situation is between now and then is well illustrated by this remarkably fine collection of essays. Those present at the society's inception provide a short section that surveys the dire situation then and the transformation since. Without abandoning evangelical and biblical roots, a new confidence and maturity has been achieved among both the practicing artists and art theorists represented, demonstrated, among other ways, in creative engagement with a wide range of contemporary art, including perhaps unexpected figures such as Emin, Klein, Hamilton, and Warhol. Whatever their theological perspective, readers will gain much from these at times profound reflections of how and where the Spirit's address to Christians can sometimes be found."
—David Brown, emeritus professor of theology, aesthetics and culture, The University of St Andrews
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