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Kapikian, Catherine: Art in Service of the Sacred

Book Review

Art in Service of the Sacred by Catherine Kapikian
 
by Brian Moss
 
MOSAIC• September 2009 • Issue Number 6
 
Art in the service of anything is a tough sell these days. If it is the sacred being served, then it is a particularly hard sell. If the art being endorsed for sacred service is visual then, well, why bother?And yet there has been a quiet push towards a renaissance of the visual arts in liturgical settings. Evidence of this new renaissance can be found in the work of Catherine Kapikian and her book, Art in Service of the Sacred. In the foreword Kapikian writes, “This book encourages congregations to take seriously the role of visual art in worship and in the broader life of the church. It proclaims the power of art when it is used as art (not merely backdrop or illustration), reclaims the presence of religious symbols in worship, asserts the importance of aesthetic dimensions of ecclesial space, and recovers the role of visual art to engage our sense and our imaginations as we seek to encounter the Holy One in our lives.”