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No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art
by Thomas Crow
Published by Power Publications, Sydney, 2017
Join Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, and Associate Provost for the Arts, New York University in conversation with The University of Melbourne’s Anne Dunlop, Herald Chair in Fine Arts and Charles Green, Professor of Contemporary Art, for the launch of Professor Crow’s most recent publication, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art.
Thomas Crow’s research interests are both wide, spanning the 18th century to contemporary art, and deep. He has been a leader in reformulating art history and its research over recent decades.
No Idols focuses on the inescapably linked but nonetheless distinct areas of art, theology and religion which, seeks to recover the theological import in the work of Sister Mary Corita Kent and five other essential artists – Chardin, Rothko, McCahon, and Turrell against commonplace notions of the religious or spiritual in their art.
Join us to hear more about the work of Corita Kent and the findings of Crow’s significant publication.
Thomas Crow is the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, and Associate Provost for the Arts at New York University. He is an art historian and art critic who is best known for his influential writing on the role of art in modern society and culture. Crow has received numerous honours throughout his career, including the Eric Mitchell Prize for the best first book in the history of art (1986), the Charles Rufus Morey Prize of the College Art Association (1987), and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1988–1989). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recently, Thomas Crow was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (2014–2015) and spent the fall of 2014 as a Michael Holly Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Before his appointment at the Institute of Fine Arts, Crow was director of the Getty Research Institute, professor of art history at the University of Southern California, the Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, and professor and chair in the history of art at the University of Sussex.