Global cultures 1980 - now

Ritual, spirituality, and transcendence

Spirituality remains important, but it takes on new forms in the global contemporary era.

1980 - present

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James Turrell, <em>Skyscape, the way of color</em>
James Turrell, Skyscape, the way of color

A viewing station for sunrise and sunset, Turrell’s work manipulates light, time, and perception.

Mariko Mori, <em>Pure Land</em>
Mariko Mori, Pure Land

In her immersive dreamscapes, Mori transforms the celestial attendants of Buddhist art into pastel-colored aliens.

Bruce Nauman, <em>The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths</em>
Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths

Using the medium of mass culture, Nauman brought high-brow questions about the role of art to broader society.

Clarissa Rizal, <em>Resilience Robe</em>
Clarissa Rizal, Resilience Robe

Clarissa Rizal, Resilience Robe, 2014, merino wool, 64 x 53 inches (Portland Art Museum)

Xu Bing, <em>Book from the Sky</em>
Xu Bing, Book from the Sky

Xu Bing’s text is illegible—even to those who can read Chinese.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, <em>Earth’s Creation</em>
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Earth’s Creation

Kngwarreye’s rise to prominence as an internationally-recognized artist doesn’t fit the typical mold.

Bill Viola, <em>The Crossing</em>
Bill Viola, The Crossing

Viola’s multi-channel video installations experiment with meditative states and the manipulation of time.

Chris Ofili, <em>The Holy Virgin Mary</em>
Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary

Why did the mayor of New York City threaten to close the museum exhibiting Ofili’s painting of the Virgin Mary?

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