Jonathan Anderson

Jonathan Anderson (PhD, King’s College London) is an artist, art critic, and postdoctoral associate of theology and the visual arts at Duke University. 

In addition to his studio practice, Anderson’s research and writing focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. He is the coauthor, with William Dyrness, of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (2016), named one of the best books of 2016 by Image journal. His essays include the chapter-length entry on “Modern Art” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (2021), “The (In)visibility of Theology in Contemporary Art Criticism” (2014), and several other articles on the work of Francis Alÿs, John Cage, Rachel Whiteread, Kris Martin, and others.

FSA features an interview between Jonathan Anderson and James Elkins in our Inspirations entitled “The Strange Persistence of Religion and Contemporary Art.”