Sunday 16 February 2014

Lambert Zuidervaart on Hegel, Art, and Religion

Senior Member Lambert Zuidervaart has published an essay on art and religion in The Owl of Minerva, the journal of the Hegel Society of America. Titled “Art, Religion, and the Sublime: After Hegel,” his essay takes issue with James Elkins, who argues that art historians should abandon the concept of the sublime as a way to understand art. According to Lambert, Hegel’s conception of the sublime remains relevant both for interpreting contemporary artworks and for understanding how art, religion, and philosophy are related. He discusses two contemporary examples: Jonathan Berger’s composition Jiyeh, which was performed at ICS’s Art Talks! event in 2010, and Terrence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life. Lambert’s essay appears in The Owl of Minerva 44.1-2 (2012-13): 119-42.