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  1. Great Article, Fr. Silouan! Thank you for the insights!!!

    The author of the icon, you publishe, should be written as “m i trovich.
    With regards,
    Philip

  2. … so what was the mystery art magazine …

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  4. It is interesting to see the difference between Duchamp and Kosuth. One can agree or disagree whether or not a thing deserves to be knocked down but one must reserve a certain amount of reverence for the person wielding the wrecking ball. So Duchamp’s Urinal and his other ready-mades have the strength of the assassin’s bloodied knife. But Kosuth, like Lewitt and so much contemporary art is just pedantic and boring. Kosuth is like the librarian of conceptual art, so easy to “shelf” in his “radical rejection of art” with his nice clinical and documented experiences on language. …Duchamp without an edge or Magritte without any brilliance. I love Greenberg’s quote you mention: “when everybody is a revolutionary the revolution is over”. Who thought I would ever agree with Greenberg?

  5. John m

    Come on boys it’s a big world out there if you are not finding beauty you are not looking for it !!! It’s all starting to sound like a club of self serving nay sayers and irrisponsibly dismissive.
    Weilding these tired dull old axes against modernism; is that Orthodoxy’s answer to contemporary issues, hope not!

  6. Fr. Silouan Justiniano

    Hello John, good to hear from you!You know how it is… The challenge continues, as the Lord says, be “In this world but not of this world.” A tension that will always be present and felt the most acutely, I’m sure, by those Orthodox Christians involved in the arts. If there was not some degree of appreciation for modern art there would have been no discussion of it at all. But its limitations must be stated without hesitation, although we can if we look , as you say, find the positive. In most cases we can always find something “positive”, but what about the “fueling agent” that makes the machine tick, the main presuppositions that lead the artist to this and not that decisions, and has given us what some call “the end of art”? It would be naive to simply jump into the ban wagon of contemporary art practice just because that’s the way thing are now, without asking ourselves how our Faith factors into the picture. Yes, Beauty is ever present and fills all things, even when we disregard it, as it has been in most cases in contemporary art. And how can it not be reflected in the work of man created in the image and likeness of Beauty? It’s a matter of degrees and focus. Anyhow, remember, the article is not over…

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