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.
|School:||Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York|
|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|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be