Friday, September 1, 2017

The sacramental and liturgical nature of Conceptual Art


Finn-Kelsey has been described as ‘one of the few contemporary artists to tackle the issue of religion in their art. This can be challenged on two fronts; first, by using Craig-Martin’s argument that all conceptual art is at its heart sacramental, and, second, by reviewing the range of artists contemporary to Finn-Kelcey who have also explored aspects of religion, belief or spirituality within their work. Paul Thek is a particular case in point, as this Brooklyn-born, Catholic-raised artist once stated that, “Art is Liturgy. ”The work of Finn-Kelcey and Thek demonstrates that conceptual art is sacramental because conceptual artists re-call, re-present, re-enact and re-member the things signified (whether angel or oak tree) under the forms of their particular art. Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond, Modern Art Oxford, until 15 October 2017.[More]