Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion
by Mark C. Taylor
University of Chicago Press
Disfiguring is the first sustained interpretation of the deep but often hidden links among twentieth-century art, architecture, and religion. While many of the greatest modern painters and architects have insisted on the spiritual significance of their work, historians of m odern art and architecture have largely avoided questions of religion. Likewise, contemporary philosophyers and theologians have, for the most part, ignored the visual arts. Taylor presents a carefully structured and subtly nuanced analysis of the relig ious presuppositions that inform recent artistic theory and practice – and in doing so recasts the cultural landscape of our era.