By Tom Quiner
I stepped into the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Museum several years back and got the shock of my life. The “art”, and I use the term loosely, was ugly.
It was pornographic.
It was the kind of art that pulls you down into the muck.
In their main viewing area, they had a dingy video of two men having gay sex on a television monitor.
I would have asked for my money back, except I was there on a day when admission was free.
What happened to beautiful art? I’m talking about the kind that lifts the soul, that thrills the senses, that simply “transcends.” It’s out there. But most of it was created before the 20th century.
The greatest art ever created was created in the name of Christ. After all, what can be more beautiful than Jesus Christ?
And yet the Christian world has let the secular world take over the defining and creation of art.
The time has come for a renaissance of Christian art. The time has come for Christians to become active participants in creating and supporting Godly beauty in the name of art.
In the video above, renowned artist Robert Florczak tells us how and why art descended into the grotesque, and what we can do about it.
Several years back, Pope Benedict XVI called on artists to “renew the Church’s friendship with the world of art.”
He’s talking to you. And he’s talking to me.
He’s talking to the third-grader in art class. Create beauty. Share beauty. Absorb beauty.
Think about it. What are God’s attributes? Truth. Goodness. Beauty. Beauty is vital to the well-being of our very souls, for beauty is the reflection of God’s truth and goodness.
Let us create art that reflects that kind of beauty.
“Beauty … can become a path toward the transcendent, toward the ultimate mystery, toward God,” says the Pope.
The world will be won by beauty, not the grotesque.