Andrea Büttner and the Little Way
A Talk by Jonathan Anderson
Central to the artistic practice of contemporary German artist Andrea Büttner is an extended meditation on littleness, lowliness, and powerlessness. And she often explores these themes by drawing them into conversation with Catholic frameworks, including Franciscan theology, the writings of St Thérèse of Lisieux and Simone Weil, and several collaborations with Carmelite monastic communities. In this talk, Anderson explores this aspect of Büttner’s work by giving sustained attention to how these references operate in several of her artworks.
Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and postdoctoral associate of theology and the arts at Duke University. His research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religious and theological studies. He is the coauthor, with William Dyrness, of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (2016).
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