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Originating in the author's experience as a practicing artist and scholar, this book is a thoroughly postmodern enterprise that draws from a wide range of historical and theoretical resources in cultural history, especially art history/theory and the study of religion. It discusses historical roles of the artist, and also presents a particular perspective on the contemporary function of the artist as prophetic critic and visionary. Using specific interpretations of the words "vocation," "prophetic," and "visionary," the author brings attention to the need for artists to assess critically the relationship of the past and present to the future. This book is addressed to those interested in the interdisciplinary dialogue of the visual arts, religion, and ethics.Read more
- Deals with artist training and the artist's role in society - a hot topic at the moment
- Especially helpful for artists in training: examines challenges facing artists today seeking to understand their role/function in a divisive art world
- First book since Edmund Feldman's The Artist (Prentice Hall/1982) to examine both historical and contemporary roles of the visual artist
- Includes discussions of many contemporary artists
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"Her vision for artists to be active in constructing a positive future for our world is to be applauded." Mark Torgerson, Worship
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- Date Published: August 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521589697
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.86kg
- contains: 35 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Preliminary Issues:
2. A proposition
4. The efficacy of art
Part II. Roles of the Artist:
5. Premodern theocentric mimetic craftsperson
6. Modern anthropocentric original inventor
7. Avant-garde prophet
8. Postmodern parodic ex-centric bricoleur
Part III. The Reclamation of the Future:
9. Prophetic criticism
10. Visionary imagination
11. Creativity, utopia, and hope
12. A final image.
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