Redemptive Art in Society

The Necessity of Christian Public Artistry

  1. Anonymous, “Cultural Work in the townships of South Africa” (1980s). (view image)
  2. William Walker and colleagues, “The Wall of Respect” at 43rd Street and Langley, Chicago, lower panels, (1967–69; destroyed in 1971). (view image)
  3. “King’s Cross alley” (1970), London, England. (view image)
  4. Netherlands mural at Toronto Pearson Airport (1972–73) (now destroyed). (view image)
  5. Uldis Gailus and Harry Pavelson (Ontario College of Art students), “mural on walls of Leon Kaminsky’s scrap metal establishment” (1975 – now destroyed), Eastern Avenue, Toronto. (view image)
  6. Britt Wikström, The Cathedral of Suffering (1994), sculpture installation, papier-mâché and stripped tree trunks, figures are 150cm, 170cm, 50cm, poles are c.6cm in diameter. (view image)
  7. Gert Swart and Black community artists, The Peace Tree (1991–92), acrylic paint, used car and truck tires, wire and builders scaffolding, in the center of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Gift from the Midlands Arts and Crafts Society, Community Arts Project, Sawubona, Christian Outreach, and other organizations. Photo by Izak de Villiers.

On Identity and Aesthetic Voice of the Culturally Displaced

  1. Jackson Hlungwane, Adam and the Birth of Eve (1985–88), wood, 404 x 142 x 87 cm, Johannesburg Art Gallery (by permission). (view image)
  2. Anonymous piece from school class assignment (c. 1980s), Durban, South Africa. (view image)
  3. Bill Reid, Phyllidula: The Shape of Frogs to Come (1984–85), Collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, VAG 86.16. Permission granted by Vancouver Art Gallery and Dr. Martin Reid. (view image)
  4. Bill Reid and assistants, The Spirit of the Haida Gwaii (1986–91), at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. Permission granted by the Government of Canada and Dr. Martin Reid. (view image)
  5. Douglas Cardinal Associates, Canadian Museum of Civilization (1980s), Hull, Quebec. Photo by Malak. (view image)

From Ghost Town to Tent City: Artist Community Facing Babylon and the City of God

  1. “Yard flamingoes as baby storks” (1980s), Willowdale, suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (view image)
  2. Miracle Mart parking lot (1980s—now destroyed), Toronto. (view image)
  3. Bell tower, at a mall north of Toronto (1980s). (view image)
  4. Warren Breninger, example of Gates of Prayer (1993–2008) [detail], series of 84, each grid of 12 is 220 x 240 cm, mixed media on C-type paper. (view image) 
  5. Ted Prescott, Icon, 1978, coal, stainless steel, and neon, 80 x 18 x 12 in. (view image)
  6. Diego Rivera, “The History of Medicine,” (1953), mural, Hospital de la Raza, Mexico City. (view image)
  7. David Alfaro Siqueiros, “Mural on the library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico campus” (1950s). (view image)
  8. William Walker and colleagues, upper panels of The Wall of Respect (1967– 69; destroyed in 1971), 43rd Street and Langley, Chicago. (view image)
  9. Matt Cupido, “Psalm 46:4” (1996), Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario. (view image)
  10. Jackson Beardy and local youths, “Peace and Harmony” (1985, re-painted 2006), Family Center, outside at 470 Selkirk Avenue and Powers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (view image)
  11. Ed Knippers, Identifications: The Baptism of Christ (1988), oil on panel, 96 x 144 in. (view image)
  12. Timothy High, Placebo (1984), drawing with prisma color pencil and enamel highlights, from The Vanity Fair series. AP
  13. George Langbroek, Home (1994), intaglio, 24 x 17 in. Collection of Inès and Calvin Seerveld. AP
  14. David Ruben Piqtoukun, Priest and Nun (1995), green marble, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba. (view image)
  15. Martin Disler, The Shredding of Skin and Dance (1990–91). (view image)
  16. Ana Maria Pacheco, Some Exercises of Power (1980), polychromed wood, 382 x 283 x 185 cm. (view image)
  17. Ana Maria Pacheco, The Banquet (1985), polychromed wood, 183 x 400 x 250 cm. (view image)
  18. Ana Maria Pacheco, Man and his Sheep (1989), polychromed wood, 200 x 450 x 400 cm. (view image)
  19. Britt Wikström, The Cathedral of Suffering (1994), sculpture installation, Rotterdam. (view image)
  20. Joyce Recker, Shadows Crossing (1992), torn paper. (view image)

Professional Giveaway Theater In Babylon

  1. Britt Wikström, The Cathedral of Suffering (1994), detail (view image)
  2. Britt Wikström, The Cathedral of Suffering (1994), detail (view image)
  3. Britt Wikström, The Cathedral of Suffering (1994), detail (view image)

Necessary Art in Africa

  1. Warren Breninger, Apparition of Puberty as a Gift Offering / Quadriplegic as Gift Offering (1986–87), mixed media on C-Type paper, 31¨ý x 19 in. Collection of Inès and Calvin Seerveld. AP
  2. Violet Holmes, Just Keep the Chin Up and No One Will Notice (1991), water color and ink on paper, 27 x 29 in. Collection of Inès and Calvin Seerveld. (view image)

Turning Human Dignity Upside Down

  1. Abraham Rattner, Mother and Child (1938), Oil on canvas, 28 3/4 x 39 3/8" (73 x 100 cm). MoMA, New York City, New York (view image)
  2. Luca della Robbia, Cantoria (1400s), marble, detail. (view image)
  3. William Johnson, Jitterbugs II (c. 1941), screen-print. 17 x 13¾ in, Smithsonian American Art Museum. (view image)
  4. Jacob Lawrence, Graduation (1948). © 2013 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York  (view image)
  5. Yisa Akinbolaji, Living by faith (2007), printmaking (monotype), 24 x 17¾ in. (view image)
  6. John Tiktak (Canadian/Rankin Inlet, 1916–1981), Head (1965), stone, 14.8 x 13.8 x 11.1 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Swinton Collection, G-76-425. Photo by Ernest Mayer, Winnipeg Art Gallery. Reproduced by permission of the Estate of John Tiktak.
  7. Unknown Greek god (c.470 BC) bronze. (view image)
  8. “Aphrodite Braschi”, free copy (1st century bc) after a votive statue of Praxitele in Cnidus (“Aphrodite of Cnidus” type, ca. 350–340 bc), marble. (view image)
  9. Buddha Sakyamuni (Sokkuram #24) (751 ad), bronze, in temple Pulguksa, at Kyung Ju, Korea. taken on location in 2000 (view image)
  10. François-Auguste-René Rodin, Le Penseur (1879–89), bronze. Photo by Andrew Horne. (view image)
  11. Raphael, St. Catharine of Alexandria (c.1507), oil on poplar wood, 71 x 53 cm, National Gallery, U.K. (view image)
  12. J.S. Sargent, The Honorable Mrs. George Swinton (1896), oil on canvas, 228.6 x 124.5 cm, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. (view image)
  13. Grant Wood, American Gothic (1930), 78 x 65.4 cm, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. (view image)
  14. Goya y Lucientes, 3 May 1808 (1814), oil on canvas, 266 x 345 cm, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain. (view image)
  15. Time Out, 10–17 August 1988. (view image)
  16. Rodin, The Thinker (1903), bronze cast, 200.7 x 130.2 x 140.3 cm, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan. (view image)
  17. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Napoleon on his Imperial Throne (1806), oil on canvas, 259 x 162 cm, Musee de l’Armee, France. (view image)
  18. David Chester French, Abraham Lincoln (dedicated 1922), Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. (view image)
  19. Nikolai Vladimir Lenin, Dresden (in 1981) (view image)
  20. Steve Prince, Steak and fries (2005), linoleum cut on paper, 36 x 50 in. (view image)
  21. William Blake, Nebuchadnezzar (1795–1805?). (view image)
  22. Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV (1701), oil on canvas, 277 x 194 cm, Louvre Museum. (view image)
  23. Henry Moore, The Artist’s Mother (1927), pencil, pen and ink, finger wash, and scraping. (view image)
  24. Henry Moore, Draped Seated Woman [detail] (1957–58), plaster cast, 188 cm. (view image)
  25. Henry Moore, Reclining Figure (1929), brown Horton stone, 83.8 cm, Leeds Art Gallery, U.K. (view image)
  26. Jennifer Hillenga, Seen but not heard (1997), lithographs. Collection of Inès and Calvin Seerveld. AP
  27. Jo Cooper, Red Women Bending, 2004–2007. (view image)
  28. Georges Rouault, Two prostitutes (1906), watercolor with pastel on paper, mounted on canvas, 70 x 54.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada. (view image)
  29. Adrian Piper, Vanilla Nightmares #2 (1987), charcoal and red crayon, with erasing, on tan wove paper (newsprint), 22 x 28 in. Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. (view image)
  30. Anonymous, Mary Magdalene, Budapest Art Museum. (view image)
  31. Penny Siopis, Terra Incognita (1991), oil and collage on board. Collection of University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. AP
  32. Unknown, frontispiece for Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651), intaglio. (view image)
  33. Anonymous, Adam plowing the recalcitrant ground (1000s ad), bronze door of St. Zeno cathedral, Verona, Italy. (view image)
  34. Barrie David, Mennonite farmers at a horse auction, 1970s photo in the Globe and Mail.
  35. Johannes Vermeer, Melkmeisje, (c. 1658–61), oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. (view image)
  36. Robert Harris, Harmony (1886), oil on wood, 30.4 x 24.6 cm, National Gallery of Canada. (view image)
  37. Milton Avery, Cleaning Fish, Gaspe (1940), oil on canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. © 2013 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  38. Richmond Barthé, Blackberry Woman (1932), 90.1 x 31.1 x 41.3 cm, Smithsonian American Art Museum. (view image)
  39. Elizabeth Catlett, Sharecropper (1957-1968), color linocut. (view image)
  40. Jules Breton, The Song of the Lark (1884), oil on canvas, 110.6 x 85.8 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago. (view image)
  41. John Sloan, Hairdresser’s Window (1907), oil on canvas, 80.96 x 66.04 cm. (view image)
  42. Peter S. Smith, Leaving (1984), wood engraving. Collection of Inès and Calvin Seerveld. AP
  43. Aqjangajuk Shaa, Untitled (Figure with Ulu) (1967), Green Serpentine, 38.5 x 47 x 6 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario. © Dorset Fine Arts. (view image)
  44. Marian Nyanhongo, Comfort of Love (2005), springstone. (view image)
  45. Rembrandt van Rijn, Jewish Bride (c. 1669), oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 121.5 x 166.5 cm. (view image)
  46. Anishinabe Jackson Beardy and local youths, “Peace and Harmony” (1985, re-painted 2006), Family Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba. (view image)
  47. Edward Hopper, Pennsylvania Coal Town (1947), oil on canvas, 71.12 x 101.60 cm. Collection of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. (view image)
  48. Heinrich Füssli, The Silence (1799-1801), oil on canvas, 63.5 x 51.5 cm, Kunsthaus, Germany. (view image)
  49. Ivan Albright, Into the World There Came a Soul Called Ida (1929–30), oil on canvas, 56¼ x 47 in. Gift of Ivan Albright, 1977.34, The Art Institute of Chicago. (view image)
  50. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Fight with Cudgels (c.1820–1823), oil on canvas, 125 x 261 cm, Prado Museum, Spain. (view image)
  51. Georges Rouault (1871–1958), Le Dur Metier de Vivre [It is hard to live] (1948), plate 12 of Miserere et Guerre series, aquatint, etching, and engraving, 25 5/8 x 19 7/8 in. 58.1.12. Gift of Mr. Leonard J. Scheller. Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris (view image)
  52. Pablo Picasso, Old Guitarist (1903), oil on panel, 122.9 x 82.6 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago. (view image)
  53. Rein Pol, Uitzicht (1985–86). (view image) 
  54. Gerald Folkerts, Forgotten in Chernobyl (1999), oil on canvas, 60 x 54.5 in. AP
  55. Peter Paul Rubens, Christ on the Cross (1620), oil on canvas, 221 x 121 cm.  (view image)
  56. Emile Nolde, The Crucifixion, in polytych, Das Leben Christi (1912). (view image)
  57. Wim Botha, Commune: Suspension of disbelief (2001). (view image)
  58. Wim Botha, Premonition of War (Scapegoat) (2005), anthracite, epoxy resin, eco-solvent inks on satin paper, resin, gilt, wood. (view image)
  59. Warren Breninger, example of Gates of prayer (1993–2008). (view image)
  60. Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World (1948), tempera on gessoed panel, 81.9 x 121.3 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York. (view image)
  61. Gerard Pas, Red-Blue Crutch Installation (1986–87), detail (cf. NA #20). (view image)
  62. Martin Disler, The Shredding of Skin and Dance (1990–91). (view image)
  63. Gerald Folkerts, Daryl (2006), oil on canvas, top panels 24 x 60 in, bottom panel 36 x 24 in. AP
  64. Britt Wikström, Caritas detail (2006), bronze cast, 125 cm, University of Chicago hospital. (view image)
  65. Entrance way to Cathedral of San Rufino where St. Francis prayed and preached (1140–1253), stone, Assisi, Italy. (view image)
  66. Joanne Sytsma, God keeps all my tears in a bottle, Psalm 56:8 (2001), acrylic on wood panel. AP

The Challenge to be Imaginitive Salt as Artists in God’s World

  1. Sandro Botticelli, Primavera (c. 1477–78), tempera on wood, 203 x 314 cm, Uffizi Gallery, Italy. (view image)
  2. Michelangelo, Pietà (1498–1499), marble, 174 x 195 cm, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. (view image)
  3. Michelangelo, Day (1526–1531), sculpture in marble for tomb of Lorenzo dei Medici, 155 x 150 cm, Florence. (view image)
  4. Michelangelo, Christ figure in Last Judgment (1535–41), fresco, 1370 x 1200 cm, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Italy. (view image)
  5. Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi), Mystic Crucifixion (c. 1500), tempera and oil on canvas (transferred from panel), 72.4 x 51.4 cm, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Fund, 1924.27. (view image)
  6. Sandro Botticelli, The Mystical Nativity (1501), tempera and oil on canvas, 108.5 x 75 cm, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina. (view image)
  7. Michelangelo, Rondanini Pietà (1554–64), 195 cm, Castello Sforzesco, Milan. (view image)
  8. Angelo Bronzino, Allegory of the Triumph of Venus (c. 1545), oil on wood, 146 x 116 cm, National Gallery, London.  (view image)
  9. Pieter Breughel the Elder, Blind Leading the Blind (1568), tempera on canvas, 86 x 154 cm, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.(view image)
  10. Johannes Vermeer, The Lacemaker (c. 1664), oil on canvas, 24 x 21 cm, Louvre Museum, Paris. (view image)
  11. Ernst Barlach, Mother and Child (1935), teak, 71.7 x 54.9 x 58.3 cm. (view image)
  12. Ernst Kirchner, Tanzschule (1914).  (view image)
  13. Ernst Barlach, Rest on the Flight to Egypt (1924). (view image)
  14. Ernst Barlach, Haderndes Paar im Regen (1921), woodcut, 31.7 x 24 x 0.8 cm. (view image)
  15. Ernst Barlach, Singing Man (1928), bronze cast, 49.6 x 55.6 x 34.4 cm. (view image)
  16. Ernst Barlach, The Magdeburger Ehrenmal (1929), oak sculpture, 2.5 x 1.5 x .75 m, Magdeburg Cathedral, Germany.  (view image)
  17. Käthe Kollwitz, Municipal Shelter (1926), crayon lithograph in transfer print technique on Japan paper, 43.4 x 55.5 cm. (view image)
  18. Käthe Kollwitz, Sleeping Child and Child’s Head (1903), charcoal, brush, and black ink, pastels, on brownish grey cardboard, 50.9-50 x 60.9-63.5 cm. (view image)
  19. Käthe Kollwitz, no. 1, Plowers in Peasants War (1906). (view image)
  20. Käthe Kollwitz, no. 7, The Prisoners in Peasants War (1908), drypoint, sandpaper and soft ground with the imprint of fabric and Ziegler’s transfer, 327 x 428 mm. (view image)
  21. Käthe Kollwitz, no. 2, Raped in Peasants War (1907), softground, sandpaper, drypoint, and aquatint etching, 412 x 529 mm. (view image)
  22. Käthe Kollitz, Mother with Child (1931–32). © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn (view image)
  23. Käthe Kollwitz, Resting in the Peace of His Hands (1935–36), bronze relief. (view image)
  24. William Holman Hunt, Awakening Conscience (1853), oil on canvas, 76 x 56 cm, Tate Collection, U.K. (view image)
  25. Anonymous icon, Virgin and Child (c.1190 AD), Moscow. CSU
  26. Tatiana Romanova-Grant, Holy Virgin. 7”x8.75” St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, California. Photo by Richard Otte. (view image)
  27. Ted Prescott, Harrowed Cross (1988), tar over wood, grapevine, steel, neon, and transformer, 96 x 43 in. (view image)
  28. Thomas Xenakis, I Have a Hand Grenade Sitting in My Chest (1995), mixed media (tempera and acrylic) on gilded canvas, 48 x 36 x 6 inches. (view image)
  29. David Opheim, Dum Spiro Spero, Celestial Embrace (2002). (view image)
  30. David Opheim, Dum Spiro Spero, Dangerous Irony (2002). (view image)
  31. David Opheim, Dum Spiro Spero, For God’s Sake (2002). (view image)
  32. David Opheim, Dum Spiro Spero, Offering (2002). (view image)
  33. Britt Wikström, view from the back of Caritas (2006), bronze casting, 125 cm, University of Chicago Hospital, Cancer Research Center. (view image)
  34. Anselm Kiefer, Lot’s Wife (1989); Oil paint, ash, stucco, chalk, linseed oil, polymer emulsion, salt and applied elements, on canvas, attached to lead foil, on plywood panels.
  35. Ted Prescott, cows licking salt cross (1991). (view image)

Cities as a Place for Public Artwork: A Global Approach

  1. Outdoor chess game in the City of Geneva, Switzerland (1989). (view image)
  2. Rainbow culvert off to the side of the Don Valley Highway, entering City of Toronto (1976). (view image)
  3. William Walker, Childhood is Without Prejudice (1977, restored in 1993), mural on Viaduct at 56th Street and Stony Island, Chicago. (view image)
  4. Uldis Gailus and Harry Pavelson (Ontario College of Art students), “mural on walls of Leon Kaminsky’s scrap metal establishment” (1975 – now destroyed), Eastern Avenue, Toronto. (view image)
  5. Jackson Beardy designed, painted by local youths, “Peace and Harmony” (1985, re-painted 2006), Family Center (inside), Winnipeg, Manitoba. (view image)
  6. Design by ministry of transport architect Malcom Bett, painted by nonartist ministry of transport painters during slow periods in the winter of 1972–73, Turkey mural at Toronto Pearson International Airport (now destroyed). (view image)
  7. Regent Park neighborhood mural (2008), Toronto. (view image)
  8. Henry Moore, Nuclear Energy (1964–66), bronze, Chicago. (view image)
  9. Henry Moore, Large Two Forms (1969) (view image)
  10. Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate (2004), stainless steel, Millennium Park, Chicago. (view image)
  11. Jaume Plensa, Crown Fountain (1999–2004), Millennium Park, Chicago. North fountain. Photo by David Versluis
  12. Daniel Hall, Flip (1989), silver print photograph, 20 x 24 in. (view image)
  13. Ruth Abernethy, Glenn Gould (1999), bronze statue, CBC Glenn Gould Studios, Toronto. (view image)

How Should Christians Be Stewards of Art?

  1. John Tiktak (Canadian/Rankin Inlet, 1916–1981), Woman and Child, (c. 1960), stone. 16.0 x 5.5 x 8.8 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Twomey Collection, Accession #: 2060.71. Photo by Ernest Mayer, Winnipeg Art Gallery. Reproduced by permission of the Estate of John Tiktak.
  2. Jaume Plensa, Crown Fountain (1999–2004), Millennium Park, Chicago. South fountain. (view image)

A Review: A Broken Beauty

  1. Bruce Herman, Annunciation from the series Elegy for Witness (2002), oil and alkyd resin, gold and silver leaf on panel, collection of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cross, Manchester, Massachusetts. 81 x 106 in. (view image)
  2. Patty Wickman, Overshadowed (2001), oil on canvas, 78 x 104 x 2 in. (view image)