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Fiore/Drawing

Introduction Joseph Fiore (1925-2008) was an artist widely respected by other artists, but not widely known by the art public. This exhibit of 48 of Fiore’s drawings, pastels, and watercolors spans the years from right after World War II to the early 21st century. It is a small sample from a steady, dedicated, and prolific life in the studio. For Fiore these works were visual meditation. Occasionally a drawing here was done in preparation for Read more…

Fairfield Porter, Classic Modernist

In late 1986 I attended a lecture by a well-known critic. His topic was the depiction of the self in contemporary art. An enthusiast of the then au courant Neo-Expressionism, he used works by artists such as Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl and David Salle to argue that contemporary social ills made any kind of whole or wholesome selfhood problematic. Given this premise, the Neo-Expressionist penchant for distortion and disturbance was seen as honest realism, and Read more…

The End of my Modernism

This article originally appeared in IMAGE (issue 40) Like a pinball hitting a bumper, a person’s life can sometimes change direction through a single encounter. In my freshmen year in college, I was unsure about whether to study art or English, and had signed up for an introductory studio course as well as the year-long English course required of all entering students. The English course covered the classics and stressed written analysis and research. I Read more…

The End of my Modernism

This article originally appeared in IMAGE (issue 40) Like a pinball hitting a bumper, a person’s life can sometimes change direction through a single encounter. In my freshmen year in college, I was unsure about whether to study art or English, and had signed up for an introductory studio course as well as the year-long English course required of all entering students. The English course covered the classics and stressed written analysis and research. I Read more…

Spare Holy Spaces

The Matter of Devotion Art, Liturgy, and the Stuff of Worship In his elegant book Testimony, Thomas G. Long speaks of public worship as a “soundtrack for the rest of life,” in which “the words and music and actions of worship inside the sanctuary play in the background as we live our lives outside, in the world.” It is a metaphor that generates provocative questions about what we do in worship. How can we, the Read more…

Spare Holy Spaces

The Matter of Devotion Art, Liturgy, and the Stuff of Worship In his elegant book Testimony, Thomas G. Long speaks of public worship as a “soundtrack for the rest of life,” in which “the words and music and actions of worship inside the sanctuary play in the background as we live our lives outside, in the world.” It is a metaphor that generates provocative questions about what we do in worship. How can we, the Read more…

Desire and Longing: Image Artists After Twenty Years

Greg Wolfe, Image founder, editor, publisher—and as I occasionally like to tease, indefatigable empire builder—has written many provocative essays. One of my favorites is “The Christian Writer in a Fragmented Culture,” which appeared in issue 7 in 1994. In the beginning of the essay, Greg muses on the dilemma of publishing a journal highlighting the intersection of religion and art: Perhaps Image is really on a par with magazines like Backpacker or Hot Rod. Or worse, Image might be no better than one of Read more…

Fiore/Drawing

Introductions Joseph Fiore (1925-2008) was an artist widely respected by other artists, but not widely known by the art public. This exhibit of 48 of Fiore’s drawings, pastels, and watercolors spans the years from right after World War II to the early 21st century. It is a small sample from a steady, dedicated, and prolific life in the studio. For Fiore these works were visual meditation. Occasionally a drawing here was done in preparation for Read more…