James Elkins: Art and Religion

On April 6th in London, a talk by James Elkins on art and religion.


Art historian James Elkins states that contemporary art is deeply suspicious of faith yet welcoming of spirituality and the sublime. After centuries of a close and symbiotic relationship between art and religion what has happened in recent times to so change the way artists’ work might deal with religion? Why does it seem more controversial for a contemporary artist to explore their faith rather than critique religion? Art used to be commissioned largely for religious places but what kinds of artists are approached now? Work inspired by the faith of the artist is often found in outsider art, how is this accepted and understood in the context of contemporary art more widely?