Art and Religion
in the 21st Century

By Aaron Rosen | Thames & Hudson | 2015

In this FSA Inspirations feature we highlight one of FSA Visionaries, the author, curator and scholar, Aaron Rosen’s ground breaking book Art and Religion in the 21st Century best described through excepts from a review in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

“Something of an objet d’art in its own right, Aaron Rosen’s lavishly illustrated book Art & Religion in the 21st Century recognizes and refutes the (supposedly antagonistic) separation of religion and contemporary art […] Rosen’s project in this much-needed and all-too-rare book on contemporary art from a religious studies perspective is to demonstrate that the supposed rift between art and religion has been greatly exaggerated […] The well-conceived format, content, and general approach of Art & Religion make it eminently amenable to classroom use […] Art & Religion, with its enthusiastically interdisciplinary approach, its exploration of a variety of mediums and modes of art-making, and its capacious representation of artists from across various religious and cultural backgrounds, is likewise an occasion for thinking through new possibilities for studying religion and contemporary art […] Rosen’s book, brimming with examples, is a wonderful resource, offering numerous ways of entering into and adjusting the frames of debates whose urgency is only increasing.” From the Journal of the American Academy of Religion review.