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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Art for Arts Sake Not Propaganda; Art for the Glory of God

Thanks to Wiki Paintings

Spencer has an article on the artists in the United Kingdom who have started a group which is concerned about artistic freedom. Now, we artists who are traditional Catholics would feel uneasy in their midst, as many are anarchists. I paint, when I can and write poetry, plays, short stories and children's stories. I would not want a government telling me I could not have religious content in my work as it is all highly religious.

Here is the problem. The Islamists hate art as it is against the Koran and the hadith. The Catholic Church survived the iconalist controversy, which caused havoc in many towns and cities at its peak. We are a Church which, because of the Incarnation, allows and celebrates art of all types. Visit the Vatican Museums  What a treat!

We are made in the image and likeness of God. We are doers, builders, makers of beauty. We are involved in mimesis to God's poesis.

The artists in the group should be worried. We have entered a ridiculous situation in Europe where even anarchists and socialists are afraid of Islam.

We cannot dismiss this problem. We must find ways to understand our own heritage. Sometimes, not all the time, artists are the prophets of a society. This may be the case in London. We would be offended by some art from these artists. But, we do not want to fall into barbarism which destroys art and architecture for the sake of ideology.

Watch what happens in Cairo.