LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Daniel Siedell, Part 2: Looking Closely

Daniel A. Siedell is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was previously Curator of the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where for over ten years he organized exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Siedell has an M.A. from SUNY-Stony Brook and a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. His most recent book, God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art, appeared this fall from Baker Academic. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife of seventeen years and three children.

LeAnne: Tell me about your book, God in the Gallery.

It's a very personal attempt to reconcile my professional interest in art with my Christian faith in an honest and authentic way.

LM: What are three or four tips that you can offer Christians viewing a work of contemporary art?

Keep an open mind. Look closely. Don't expect a work of art to 'mean' something to you right away. Look at art first before you read what Christian writers, including me, have to say about it. Be free to dislike anything but also know that looking at art takes work and practice.

LM: Who are some contemporary artists that we should know? Why?

Enrique Martinez Celaya, Robyn O'neil, and Conrad Bakker. These are artists whose work reveals the world to be transcendent, porous.

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