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Breaking Resemblance: The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art

Alena Alexandrova


During the past two decades curators and artists have shown a distinct interest in religion, its different traditions, manifestations in public life, gestures and images. Since the early 1990s in Europe and the United States many artists critically re-appropriated religious, motifs, themes and images to produce works that cannot qualify as ‘religious,’ but remains in a dialogue with the visual legacy of mostly the Western, and more specifically the Catholic, version of Christianity. The book explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and religion. It focuses on the ways artists ... More

Keywords: acheiropoietos, contemporary art, cult image, eras of the image, iconic citation, presentational device, ready-made, regimes of the image, religious motifs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823274475
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alena Alexandrova, author
Bergen Academy of Art and Design