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Modern Art and the Life of a Culture (Studies In Theology And The Arts Series)

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Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit - Culture and the Arts For many Christians, engaging with modern art raises several questions: Is the Christian faith at odds with modern art? Does modernism contain religious...


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Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit - Culture and the Arts For many Christians, engaging with modern art raises several questions: Is the Christian faith at odds with modern art? Does modernism contain religious themes? What is the place of Christian artists in the landscape of modern art? Nearly fifty years ago, Dutch art historian and theologian Hans Rookmaaker offered his answers to these questions when he published his groundbreaking work, Modern Art and the Death of a Culture, which was characterized by both misgivings and hopefulness. While appreciating Rookmaaker's invaluable contribution to the study of theology and the arts, this volume-coauthored by an artist and a theologian-responds to his work and offers its own answers to these questions by arguing that there were actually strong religious impulses that positively shaped modern visual art. Instead of affirming a pattern of decline and growing antipathy towards faith, the authors contend that theological engagement and inquiry can be perceived across a wide range of modern art-French, British, German, Dutch, Russian and North American-and through particular works by artists such as Gauguin, Picasso, David Jones, Caspar David Friedrich, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Warhol and many others. This book, the first in IVP Academic's new Studies in Theology and the Arts series, brings together the disciplines of art history and theology and points to the signs of life in modern art in order to help Christians navigate these difficult waters.
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William Dyrness

William A. Dyrness (D.Theol., University of Strasbourg; Doctorandus., Free University, Amsterdam) professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a former missionary and the author of several books, including The Earth Is God's: A Theology of American Culture; Changing the Mind of Missions: Where Have We Gone Wrong?; Learning About Theology from the Third World; How Does America Hear the Gospel?; Themes in Old Testament Theology and Reformed Theology and Visual Culture.


He is the co-editor of Global Dictionary of Theology. with Veli-Matti Karkkainen and A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go. Most recently he has authored Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life
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  • <ul> <li>christianity Today's 2017 Book Of The Year Award Of Merit - Culture And The Arts</li> </ul> For Many Christians, Engaging With Modern Art Raises Several Questions: Is The Christian Faith At Odds With Modern Art? Does Modernism Contain Religious Themes? What Is The Place Of Christian Artists In The Landscape Of Modern Art? Nearly Fifty Years Ago, Dutch Art Historian And Theologian Hans Rookmaaker Offered His Answers To These Questions When He Published His Groundbreaking Work, <em>modern Art And The Death Of A Culture</em>, Which Was Characterized By Both Misgivings And Hopefulness. While Appreciating Rookmaaker's Invaluable Contribution To The Study Of Theology And The Arts, This Volume-coauthored By An Artist And A Theologian-responds To His Work And Offers Its Own Answers To These Questions By Arguing That There Were Actually Strong Religious Impulses That Positively Shaped Modern Visual Art. Instead Of Affirming A Pattern Of Decline And Growing Antipathy Towards Faith, The Authors Contend That Theological Engagement And Inquiry Can Be Perceived Across A Wide Range Of Modern Art-french, British, German, Dutch, Russian And North American-and Through Particular Works By Artists Such As Gauguin, Picasso, David Jones, Caspar David Friedrich, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Warhol And Many Others. This Book, The First In Ivp Academic's New Studies In Theology And The Arts Series, Brings Together The Disciplines Of Art History And Theology And Points To The Signs Of Life In Modern Art In Order To Help Christians Navigate These Difficult Waters.
  • <strong>part I: Critical Contexts</strong>
  • 1. Introduction: Religion And The Discourse Of Modernism 2. H. R. Rookmaaker, <em>modern Art And The Death Of A Culture</em>
  • <strong>part Ii: Geographies, Histories And Encounters</strong>
  • 3. France, Britain And The Sacramental Image 4. Germany, Holland And Northern Romantic Theology 5. Russian Icons, Dada Liturgies And Rumors Of Nihilism 6. North America And The Expressive Image 7. North America In The Age Of Mass-media
  • Epilogueafterword By Daniel A. Siedelllist Of Illustrationsbibliographyindex