Dr. James Romaine, Chair of the Department of Art History, presents paper at the 2011 Sophia Institute Conference at Union Theological Seminary, NY on December 2, 2011. The conference theme was "Beauty Will Save the World"
Dr. Romaine’s paper, “The Transfiguration of the Soup Can: Andy Warhol’s Orthodox Aesthetic,” argues that Andy Warhol’s aesthetic was formatively shaped by an Orthodox tradition. Warhol, born Andrew Warhola, was raised in a Byzantine-Catholic tradition with a rich tradition of veneration of icons. Warhol’s art encourages a method of beholding in which the modern world of soup cans and celebrities are transfigured or in process of transfiguration. His art evidences an Orthodox-influenced method of seeing the world, in the light of that divine grace, as transformed from material sight to metaphysical vision
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