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Spirituality in Contemporary Art: The Idea of the Numinous

Publisher: , 2010
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An important contribution to an emerging debate about the use and misuse of spirituality in contemporary aesthetics. Jungu Yoon opens up the discourse between Eastern and Western art and introduces the reader to a discussion of the impact of digital culture on aesthetics. Important reading for artists, practitioners and theorists alike, it also opens up a new debate on the impact of digital culture on traditional aesthetics.

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LKL says:

For a westerner struggling to understand some of the spiritual or mystical elements in both traditional and contemporary Asian art there is a huge barrier in that Taoism and other Eastern philosophies are not something that we have lived with since our childhood. The concepts of the void and non-existence, and the idea that blank spaces in a traditional literati painting are as important as — or indeed more important than — the brush strokes themselves, are alien. It is therefore welcome to have a book written by someone brought up in that tradition who can begin to explain some of these ideas. Even better, Jungu Yoon is a practising artist well-known in the London Korean art, scene having participated in many exhibitions over the past six or more years.

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