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The (Counter) Point: 

Looking For Sacred Art

by Jane Casey

XU BING, A Case Study of Transference, 1994, performance and mixed-media installation 

using a male and female pig printed with false Chinese and English scripts. 

Courtesy the artist and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York.

Narrowly defined, sacred art refers to art created in the service of religion. However, a broader definition allows sacred art to be considered in the context of contemporary art. If defined as a visual counterpart to the religious experience (described by philosopher William James as "the loss…

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