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Arts of WonderEnchanting Secularity - Walter De Maria, Diller + Scofidio, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy$
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Jeffrey L. Kosky

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226451084.001.0001

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(p.169) Conclusions
Arts of Wonder

Jeffrey L. Kosky

University of Chicago Press

This book concludes by discussing the encounters with artworks that act as emblems of modern disenchantment, two images of a light that clears the clouds and leads us to solid ground. Together, the encounters with these artworks have pointed to another way to organize the picture, another format for lighting and illumination other than the mode that leads to the world picture of modern disenchantment. Other things and other ways of human being get into the picture when things come to light in it differently. The author’s response to these artworks has been motivated by a sense, shared by many today, that the smile on the smiling sun has become less welcoming than it seems and more sinister in its saccharine cheer. We have grown disenchanted with the disenchanted world laid bare by the light of demystification and disenchantment. We suspect that something has gone missing from the world mastered by the apotheosis of electricity.

Keywords:   artworks, modern disenchantment, solid ground, disenchanted world, demystification, electricity

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