Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Market for Post-Secular Art: Commercial Opportunities at the Intersection of Contemporary Art and American Christianity
by Griesedieck, Elisabeth, M.A., Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York, 2013, 78; 10184414
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the ways in which a "post-secular" dialogue between contemporary art and religious institutions (American churches especially) creates new commercial opportunities for artists working in consciously Christian veins, as well as for artists whose works can be curated spiritually. I argue that the consequences of this dialogue are to 1) encourage an expansion of the Christian art market and the contemporary market for spiritual art; 2) create new architectural and exhibition opportunities for architects and artists in worship settings; and 3) challenge art valuation in the contemporary art market as flawed for promoting kitsch while neglecting art's intrinsic value. Through recent cases, this essay shows that the 'return of religion' in art promises real economic and aesthetic value for patrons of the arts, institutions, and artists themselves.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitaker, Amy
School: Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York
Department: Art Business
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Religion, Business administration
Keywords: Art, Christianity, Church, Contemporary art, Post-secular, Religion
Publication Number: 10184414
ISBN: 9781085559164
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