Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Mormon ‘Gospel Art’: Kitsch or Classic?

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
By Kimberly Winston
Sermon on the Mount, by Harry Anderson. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
UTAH---Enter the North Visitors’ Center in Temple Square here, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and you can’t miss them: 10 life-size oil paintings that march along a curving wall. The paintings illustrate the life of Jesus. David Morgan, a professor of religion and art at Duke University who has written about Anderson’s works, is blunt: “Yes, it is kitsch, but so what? They are not about artistic expression, but about community, about prayer, about devotional feeling.” [link]

Abinadi before King Noah (Abinadi Appearing before King Noah), by Arnold Friberg. Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints