The history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art. Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life, which they expressed in the new art forms they created. The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art draws on direct statements by scores of leading artists - cited from little known historical documentation as well as contemporary interviews - to demonstrate that spirituality, far from being inconsequential in the terrain of modern art, is generative. This magisterial overview insightfully presents, for the first time, a chronological survey of the major art movements that weaves together spiritual profiles of numerous leading artists and situates their stories within the cultural context of each period. The result is a significantly expanded understanding of the cultural history of modern art.combines a ritual settingaher allusion to a feminist Last Supperawith poetically embodied memorial sculptures ... It is painted, with an explanatory inscription below, and hung on the interior wall of a shrine or a church in order to ... her modernist circle in Mexico City to collect pre-Columbian and traditional pottery and display it in her home as art. ... and Grapceva Neolithic Cave, shot in a cave on the Croatian island of Hvar in which neolithic Goddess figurines had been excavated.
|Title||:||The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-10-23|