Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art - the exhibition catalogue from Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

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The spiritual is everywhere evident in contemporary art. Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art, the exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art addresses for the first time in over three decades. It significantly broadens the scope of previous studies to include new media and non-Western and Indigenous art (in addition to that of the West), presents art from diverse cultures with equal status, promotes cultural specificity, and moves beyond notions of "center and periphery," celebrating the plurality and global nature of contemporary art today.

Major essays based on cultural affinities are interspersed with brief thematic essays to provide diverse perspectives and expand the knowledge of academic and general audiences. Encountering the Spiritual provides an alternative to the main currents of presentation and interpretation prevalent in contemporary art, appealing to believers, agnostics, and inveterate sceptics alike. This essential publication demonstrates that the need to address the fundamental questions of life are both innate and ongoing.

  • Author: Leesa Fanning, Curator of contemporary art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Hardcover: 312 pages | 150 colour illustrations
  • Date published: June 2018
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300233650
  • Dimensions: 29.2 x 23.5 cm

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