Art is no fringe attached to the garment, and no amusement that is added to life, but a most serious power in our present existence.
Abraham Kuyper


Brent Plate, S.: Blasphemy: Art that Offends

Book Review

S. Brent Plate: Blasphemy: Art that Offends, London: Black Dog Publishing, 2006.
by Charles Pickstone
ACE, Art & Christianity 51, July 2007
The recent publication of a book entitled Blasphemy: Art that offends by S Brent Plate, associate professor of the visual arts at Texas Christian University, will rapidly assert itself as useful work of reference in the arena of art and Christianity. It contains lavish reproductions of many of the most controversial images of the last ten years in full colour, as well as a great range of Jewish, Christian and Islamic images and manuscripts from across the history of these faiths. Most of these pictures are well-described and explained in detailed captions, which form a parallel track to the actual text, sometimes illustrating points made in the text, sometimes simply standing on their own.