The true and the gray

Ambiguity in the human condition
Like most artists, the sculptor and painter Anselm Kiefer favors certain hues and materials. His chosen hue is gray, in all its shades, and gray is nothing if not shaded. His favorite material is lead, which is, yes, grayish. His maxim: “The truth is always gray.”

Gray does not show up among the liturgical colors of the Christian year. Advent, which formerly called for purple, is now the season of blue. Red and green are not colors for inside the sanctuary as of Christmas Eve or Morning, but they do complement the proper white. Like white, black has its annual moment, but that is a very brief one. But no gray. Should there be? Should Kiefer be an artist for the church as well as the gallery?


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