chapter  4
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A specter is haunting contemporary art-the specter of religion. Perhaps it’s just because I’m writing as Halloween approaches, with ghosts flickering about porches and in windows, but I’m pervaded by the sense that religion, though by some accounts absent from “fine” or “high” contemporary art, in fact haunts art at most every turn. In this short response, I want to revisit, extend, and qualify some of the points in the conference transcript that I find most intriguing. In doing so, I’ll be speculating freely, even contradictorily, playing at once skeptic, believer, and maybe even medium in approaching that intractable, ghostly double and other to contemporary art: religion.