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Art Needs No Justification [Paperback]

Hans R Rookmaaker
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21 Mar 2010
Artists often agonize over their work, even to the point of despair, in the modern world. This booklet by one of the twentieth century's most incisive art historians and cultural critics is a prophetic call to artists-craftsmen, musicians, visual artists and others-in all walks of life to "weep, pray, think and work."

Hans R. Rookmaaker (1922-1977), founder of the art history department and professor of the history of art at the Free University of Amsterdam, made a significant contribution to the Christian understanding of art and is well known as the author of Modern Art and the Death of a Culture (1970). The Complete Works of Hans Rookmaaker (6 vols.) was published in 2003.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Regent College Publishing (21 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573834416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573834414
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 20.3 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a Christian, and also a professional and hobby artist/craft worker all my life. When I first encountered the author's assertion that art belonged in a 'museum', I was puzzled. But this proposition occurs throughout the book on almost every page, and along with his biased obsession with eighteenth century art, it is clear that the author belongs in a museum, and not God's gift of creativity. I found the text very heavy going, and totally devoid of a fair and balanced review of art, in any form, either from a Christian viewpoint or by comparison with secular practice. This is surely theoretical spirituality beyond boredom. There is absolutely nothing to cheer the soul seeking the potential offered by such a vast choice of medium or technique, and how one might enjoy and apply the gift of creativity for the benefit of God, the artist, or anyone else!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christian View of Art 6 Mar 2010
By Janice M. Hidey - Published on Amazon.com
H. R. Rookmaaker worked with Francis Schaeffer and I loved his book Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. This was a really short book that gives an overall view of the arts from a Christian perspective. He talks about the view of high art, really since the Renaissance, vs. crafts. He has very good insights and gave me things to share with my students as we look at the arts during our study of Western Civilization. Our textbook right now Barzun's Dawn of Decadence does a real good job of sharing the art as he discusses the philosophy, science, etc of each period. Rookmaaker helped to clarify some things for me and is written for the layman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most important & inspiring book on art 18 Oct 2011
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Well - my title sums it all up. If you aren't motivated to make art after reading this, then you are either a tough person to inspire or dead. I think this book is the tip of the iceberg, bringing forth tons of ripe ideas like the basic fact that art does not need to fulfill a function - it is - therefore, it is and that's it's function, to be art, a unuseful thing that is filled be beauty and awe and creativity. Simply put - best book I've read on this topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light 4 April 2013
By Fegan - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great work! I have felt so isolated as a Christian artist but Hans has cleared up so many questions and confusion regarding art as a legitimate gift from God. I only wish I could have read this while in the University I attended, but then again I would not have had the ears to here. williamfegan.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no "Fine" art 16 Oct 2012
By Danish Pastry Again - Published on Amazon.com
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Art is not doing to well. It's in a crisis. Even the canvas itself is being broken down in modern art. What is an expression using a particular format, when the expression is breaking down that format? Perhaps, it's saying that the very format IS broken down. And maybe, the artist is right. But how did art get there? What happened? And what do we do about it? Is the general crisis of art itself, related to the artists' crisis on a personal level? Hans Rookmaker digs into all of these questions and more. The result is a radically liberating piece of hands-on wisdom for artists and thinkers. Believers or not.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 1 May 2014
By Bev N - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great little book for artists struggling with the value of their work.
I am reading it in little passages and taking time to digest what it says.
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