Sunday, October 23, 2011

Catholicism has Goodness and Truth covered pretty well these days, but where's the Beauty?

Jennifer Fulwiler has good article on why Catholic/Christian art is not dominant these days.  It doesn't break new ground -- it re-iterates what Debra Murphy, Barbara Nicolosi, Anne Lewis etc. in the Catholic arts community have been discussing for years.  But the article is worthwhile and comboxes have some nice contributions, e.g.:
"Bad art is easier than good art. I used to teach a poetry textbook to highschoolers that had a great chapter called “Good Poetry and Bad” that paired great poems with sentimental jingles on the same themes, then asked study questions to help the student see which was better and why. The better students saw the difference, but there was always a large contingent of the class that solidly and immoveably preferred the cheesy sentimental jingles. So I think we need better art education if we’re to have anyone capable of appreciating the new works you want commissioned."


I titled this article, Catholicism has Goodness and Truth covered pretty well these days, but where's the Beauty? The cynical may well remind me of the scandals and the cover-ups, the squabbling and the bitter internal battles, and wonder how much Goodness the Church has these days. Yes, well... The sinful, like the poor, we have with us always. But is there any group that devotes more of its time, treasure and talent towards ameliorating the suffering of the poor, the marginalized, the disenfranchised, the wounded and the broken?  AA is the only org I know that comes close, and it has time and talent covered but doesn't even have monetary sharing as goal.


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