Introduction to “A Subversive Gospel: Flannery O’Connor and the Reimagining of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth” by Michael Mears Bruner (InterVarsity Press, 2017).
I professed faith in Christ in 1970, right as I was completing my M.F.A. in sculpture. I was living in Baltimore, where I studied at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). The results of my conversion were mixed. My behavior certainly changed in some positive ways, but artistically I was stymied. I could not find any contemporary role models.
Summary: A response to the classic work Modern Art and the Death of a Culture by H. R. Rookmaaker, arguing that Rookmaaker was unnecessarily pessimistic in his assessment of modern art, overlooking the religious impulses that shaped much of modern art.
During a time of rest and reflection, enjoy QU4RTETS. To God be the glory!
When I teach students to look at art, the first question I ask them is “what is it?” By this, I do not mean ‘what do you think you see?’ but ‘what do you actually see?’. – Sarah Awad