"At one time," writes Daniel Grant, in Commonweal, "art infused with religious subjects and imagery was the main work of fine artists in the Western world, in large measure because their patrons were officials of the Catholic Church. Nowadays, religion in art is a curiosity, perhaps permissible as a 'postmodernist strategy' . . . . ”
If you are like me, when you think of religion and contemporary art, the names that come to mind are of artists who caused outrage and controversy, such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili. While I think they were both badly misinterpreted, in my admittedly very limited experience, Daniel Grant is largely correct about the absence or invisibility of overtly religious work in contemporary art. I do find myself wondering, though, what it would look like.