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THE SPIRITUAL DYNAMIC IN MODERN ART: ART HISTORY RECONSIDERED, 1800 TO THE PRESENT. Charlene Spretnak. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2014. 280 pp. with 20 ills. 24 x 17 cm. LC 2014-16800 ISBN 9781137350039 In English.
Publisher's description: The history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art. Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life, which they expressed in the new art forms they created. The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art draws on direct statements by scores of leading artists - cited from little known historical documentation as well as contemporary interviews - to demonstrate that spirituality, far from being inconsequential in the terrain of modern art, is generative. This magisterial overview insightfully presents, for the first time, a chronological survey of the major art movements that weaves together spiritual profiles of numerous leading artists and situates their stories within the cultural context of each period. The result is a significantly expanded understanding of the cultural history of modern art. history of modern art.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 164824
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