more art and spirituality
Wow, second post related to this topic in two days.
Edward Winkleman weighs in with a very honest post : God or Me: One of Us Might Have to Go
Yes, given my position and passion, it seems natural that I should just turn to art for spirituality, but let's face it, looking for the spiritual in contemporary art is often like looking for a trenchcoat you like in your size at Century 21. Even if you find one, there's bound to be some imperfection in it that makes you shake your head and move on.He refers several times to the introduction to A Critical History of 20th-Century Art by Donald Kuspit, published on artnet.com, which is quite long. I'm going to have to set aside some time to read it. I usually don't like Kuspit's writing style (I've often found him needlessly obtuse) but the pieces Edward excerpted were interesting.
Anyhow, as with many of Edward's posts there is a great discussion that follows. James Leonard writes
And this somehow cycles back (at least momentarily) to why this is a fitting topic for a contemporary art blog. There is a sensual aspect to all spiritual practices. Successful works of art often tap into a similar sensuality. For the past year, with this blog, Ed has displayed a keen ability to evoke insight on what is lacking in most contemporary art.These are the very questions I've found myself asking this past year.
So Ed, connect the dots for me, where does this all lead? What's missing in today's art (/art world) for you? Gospel? Church? Soul? Something else?