Lecture

Epiphanies (in Progress) with Jonathan Puls

Jonathan Puls is a draftsman, painter, and art historian. His work, representation paintings and drawings are based on the people and places that he knows well, he has been featured in a wide range of exhibitions. Puls serves as Associate Professor of Art at Biola University, and lives in Whittier with his wife and two daughters.

Taking up the theme of Epiphany as an unfolding, developmental process rather than an instantaneous revelation, he offers a meditation on two significant modern artists, Henry Ossawa Tanner and Jay DeFeo, who each arrived at unexpected destinations in life and art. Puls will also offer a reflection on his own life as a persistent viewer of works of art, and the revelations available to each of us through works of art if we have the commitment to search for them.

 

Click here for the PDF of the lecture’s PowerPoint Presentation

 

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Part Three

Modern Art and the Life of a Culture

St. Matthew’s had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Anderson, MFA in early August 2017. Jonathan Anderson (MFA, California State, Long Beach) is an artist and professor at Biola University, and his recent book “Modern Art and the Life of a Culture” (co-authored by William Dyrness) offers a rereading of the history of modern art which highlights the religious contexts and the theological concerns that shaped its development. This rereading produces revised accounts of several of the most important modern artists—including Vincent van Gogh, Vasily Kandinsky, Hugo Ball, Kazimir Malevich, John Cage, Andy Warhol, and many others—arguing that the history of modernism is much more (theologically) interesting than it has yet been given credit for.

Below you will find his presentation in PDF format, as well as recorded audio of the entire lecture.

Jonathan Anderson Modern Art Lecture (PDF)

Part One

Part Two

Part Three