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Mysticism and Contemporary Art
Transcript of Mysticism and Contemporary Art
The true artist
helps the world
Art in the Twentieth Century
The Hidden Meaning of Abstract Art
Communities of Interpretation:
Artists working today
At the Second Council of Nicea in 787, the veneration of icons was affirmed although the worship of icons was expressly forbidden.
Early Christian Art
Art before the Twentieth Century
Twentieth Century Art
Artists working Today
And there you are suspended, motionless
Till you are drawn the impulse is not yours
A drop absorbed in the seas that have no shores
First lose yourself, then lose this loss and then
Withdraw from all that you have lost again.
Go peacefully, and stage by stage progress
Until you gain the realm of nothingness.
Conference of the Birds
by Attar of Nishapur
Thirteenth century Sufi Mystic
Hildegard von Bingen
Mechthild von Magdebourg
St. Theresa of Avila
Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967)
Thomas Merton (1915-1958)
The image-affirming doctrine of the Second Council of Nicea concerns not only a point in the history of ideas nor even a decision of Christian dogma: it formulates above all an -- perhaps the only -- alternative to the contemporary disaster of the image. In the icon, the visible and the invisible embrace each other from a fire that no longer destroys but rather lights up the divine face for humanity.
The Crossing of the Visible
Everybody Stands Under His Own Dome of Heaven,
watercolor on paper, 42x56, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Questions for Discussion
1. ) In what sense could the practice of the artist be compared to the practice of a contemporary mystic?
2. Are we ignoring icons in our midst? Quote Jean-Luc Marion.
Is Bruce Nauman's question rhetorical? (Following the logic of Derrida's deconstruction of Nietsche's question in "Tout Autre est Tout Autre"
(p. 116, The Gift of Death)
where Derrida explains that the posing of a rhetorical question implies that the question may be more than rhetorical, what does it mean that we could even pose such a question, putting the terms "true artist" and "mystic truth" in the same sentence? )
Outline of the Presentation
Traditional art is intertwined with sacred ritual in:
A Buddhist mandala is regarded as a microcosm of the universe