Daniel A. Siedell: God in the Gallery A Christian Embrace of Modern Art Cultural Exegesis



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In the early church and affirmed universally up through the Second Council of Nicea Using the icon as the intersection of physical and spiritual realities Siedell invites the reader to view modern art as transcendent iconographyRead on my blog I m not that interested in Radical Orthodoxy the Emergent Church or other similar theologicalliturgical movements so to a certain extent some of the author s specifically Christian comments were not that interesting to me However the first two chapters as well as the chapter on Art Criticism may be the clearest discussion I have ever read on what is Modern and Contemporary Art and why it is what it is and I would highly recommend those chapters to anyone Christian or not who was frustrated by the language used in other academic introductions to the topic for example the prose in one of the broad introductions recommended by Siedell Art Since 1900 is execrable and the authors should be ashamed of themselves for fostering the worst stereotypes of Academic writing in general and Art History in particular Being a reader of Schaeffer and Rookmaaker in years past my artistic interpretation of modern art was definitely shaped by their perspectives My ongoing faith ourney having touched on broader fields of Chrisitanity and utter belief of Christ being all in all I found his framework for interpreting modern art from this Christian worldview very intriguing As the back cover states He contends that art is not antithetical or hostile to Christianity but is in resonant dialogue with it I will not pretend to agree or perhaps even understand every point made it was a pretty intellectual read but know that I will be thinking and acting upon this newly opened window for a long time I appreciated the depth of perspective the author had in both matters of faith and art He seems to be ushering in a new point of discussion which I believe is sorely needed in order for true progress among Christians in the arts to be gained The fact that he proceeds with a Eastern slant should not detract from but rather add to our better understanding of faith and art through the historic Church Great book must read for Christians who are interested in contemporary art and feel a bit perplexed. N addition this book is beautifully enhanced with images from such artists as Andy Warhol Jackson Pollock Enriue MartInez Celaya and others Readers of this book will include professors students artists and anyone interested in Christianity and cultu.

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Hor directly confronts Western and Reformed Christian theories of art with his personal adherence to the Nicene Orthodox faith with an emphasis on iconography and theosis a theology that sees the Christian life as one of increased participation in the divine nature 1 Peter 24 p141 Most of my negative critiue arises from these sections wherein the author laments the separation of art from Christian worship Indeed the Golden Age of Art arose during the post reformation era when art was freed from the confines of the cathedral It was this separation that not only allowed art to flourish but also to once again create and display poignant alters in aesthetic form Overall this was an informative if not difficult book to digest I recommend it to anyone interested in modern art art theory and their relationship to the historic Christian faith God in the Gallery is exactly what the subtitle claims a Christian embrace of modern art Daniel A Siedell embraces the contemporary art world and will bring the willing reader along with himI am a layperson when it comes to contemporary art I have no training or degrees but I love to engage with modern art and artists I am a big fan of abstract expressionism I love the aesthetic sensibilities of the Futurists and pop art With Warhol in the lead is a fascinating and fun world But my true art love is the paintings of Mark RothkoI love Rothko s work His later paintings speak to me deep down down to my bones To me they are unbridled raw emotion and experience Reading Siedell s book helped put that love and my whole understanding of contemporary art into a Christological contextSiedell places Rothko s work and much of contemporary art in context as modern day icons Icons to be experienced and to commune with icons that show us light the real Light As Siedell puts it as Christians we can name this real light even if tragically neither Rothko nor his paintings could Siedell goes into his thinking on the subject in depth casting a Christian view of contemporary art in terms of the economy of the icon He is upfront about how foreign this concept is to American Protestants including me and spends a worthwhile amount of time in the first chapters outlining how the icon was universal. Rt As such it is an excellent companion to Francis Schaeffer's classic Art and the Bible Divided into three parts Theology History and Practice God in the Gallery demonstrates that art is in conversation with and not opposed to the Christian faith

Very thankful for this book I started reading this at a point where I was beginning to develop several uestions about what I believed and how these beliefs were limiting or silencing how I made art This is a great book to sit with if you wonder how the freedom of art shouldcan interact with the making or viewing of art This is a challenging work to both read as well as to review As someone who is both a Christian and who appreciates modern art yes even abstract art I was looking forward to Siedell s challenge An albeit simplistic outline of this work can be summarized as follows1 Definition and meaning of modern art blend of Dickie s institutional theory and Crowther s ecology theory of art2 Christian apologetic of modern art Acts 1722233 Examples and analysis of modern artists highlighting Enriue Mart nez Celaya4 Role of art criticism Clement Greenburg v Harold Rosenberg5 Advantage of Nicene Orthodox Christian artworldview versus Reformed Christian artworldview Rookmaaker SchaefferFirst Siedell argues for a definition of art that transcends mere institutional museum labels Dickie Rather a complete definition must also include the process of making and experiencing art Crowther This process has the potential to transform both the artist as well as the viewer Second the author argues that Paul s response to the idols seen on Athen s Mars Hill in Acts chapter 17 provides a framework for how Christians are to respond and understand modern works of art specifically that they are indeed poignant alters to the unknown god in aesthetic form p34 Third Siedell uses the art of Enriue Mart nez Celaya as a lens by which to evaluate the relationship between art and generic faith Siedell then focuses this lens on a number of modern artists using a framework of objects practices and environment Fourth Siedell explores the relationship between modern art and art criticism specifically addressing the tension between critics Clement Greenberg simplistic style with analysis of specific artists and art and Harold Rosenberg grandiose existential style of a genre Not surprisingly the emergence of American art criticism coincided with the advent of the first uniuely American style of art Abstract Expressionism Fifth the aut. Is contemporary art a friend or foe of Christianity Art historian critic and curator Daniel Siedell addresses this uestion and presents a framework for interpreting art from a Christian worldview in God in the Gallery A Christian Embrace of Modern