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Visual Art Essays

Art Essays from the Current Issue

Presence in a Space

The Flickering Contradictions of Martin Puryear
Essay by Karen L. Mulder

Gathering the Light

Sean Scully’s Montserrat Chapel
Essay by Paul Anel

Art Essays from the Archive

Noah Buchanan and the Renewal of Mystery


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The House that Agnes Martin Built


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The Avant-Garde and Sacred Discontent: Contemporary Performance Artists Meet Ancient Jewish Prophets


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Barry Krammes: Shepherd of the Wasteland


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To Make People Wonder: The Collaborative Portraits of Fritz Liedtke


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Of Mind and Matter


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Second Line and the Art of Witness: Steve Prince’s Katrina Suite


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Ecologies of Knowing


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Eat this Scroll: The Saint John’s Bible and the Word Made Flesh


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The Mosque Outside the Mosque: Aerosol Arabic and the One Experience


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Hanging Gardens: The Drawings of Gala Bent


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Altars to the Unknown God: Modern Art for Modern Christians


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The Empty Bed: Tracey Emin and the Persistent Self


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Active Sight: Vija Celmins and Jackson Pollock from Pictorialism to Perception


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From the Lines of Life: Guy Chase and the Art of the (Extra)Ordinary


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The Word on the Street: The Photographs of Larry Racioppo


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From Specimen to Spectacle: The Unruly Art of Dayton Castleman


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A Reflection in the Window: Gerhard Richter Longs for More


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Gravity and Grace: The Art of Richard Serra


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The Visual Jewishness of Mark Podwal


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Zhi Lin: A New Old Master


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Approaching the Iceberg: Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church


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The Mark of Cain


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Louise McClary: Landscapes of Love


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Acquainted with the Night: The Art of Jerzy Nowosielski


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Gathering the Light: Sean Scully’s Montserrat Chapel


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Far as the Curse is Found: The Art of Scott Kolbo


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A Geology of the Sacred: Stephen Cox Reopens the Ancient Quarries


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Attending to the Light: The Landscapes of David Dewey


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Mirrormind: Lia Chavez and the Artistic Process


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Carnal Beauties: The Art of Allison Luce


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Things Come Alive: The Art of Olga Lah


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Where Do You Stand? Anselm Kiefer’s Visual and Verbal Artifacts


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Adrian Wiszniewski: A New Heaven and a New Earth


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The Intoxicating Eye: On Looking at Jila Peacock’s Ten Poems from Hafez


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Paradox of Flesh: The Art of Chris Ofili


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Pixelated Glories: The Graphic Excursions of Kathy T. Hettinga


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Ecstatic Dislocation: The Art of Sedrick Huckaby


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Dancing to Strange Music: Diversity and Faith in the Visual Arts


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Something Happens


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Marc Quinn: The Matter of Life and Death


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Night Vision: Jacques Maritain and the Meaning of Art


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The Thread that Weaves Life Together: Crossing Boundaries  with the Charis Exhibition


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Plates from a Forgotten Book: The Paintings of Kim Alexander


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Levity and Gravity: The Sculpture of David Robinson


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Second Horizon: The Changing Vision of Odd Nerdrum


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A Celebration of Transient Beauty: The Photographic Art of Paul Kenny


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Gerhard Richter: The Capacity for Belief


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Four Corners: Painters Frame Contemporary Painting


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Karen Laub-Novak: A Catholic Expressionist in the Era of Vatican II


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