Art should make us feel more clearly and more intelligently, it should give us coherent sensations which otherwise we would not have had. That is what market culture is killing.
Submitted by bwgarrard 12 days ago
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For me, THE cultural artefact of the last fifty years has been the domination of the art market. Far more striking than any individual painting or sculpture. It has changed art's relationship to the world and is drowning its sense of purpose. The flood in Florence in the 60's has it's parallel in today's art market.
If art can't tell us about the world we live in then I don't believe there's much point in having it.
That nasty question: what good is art? what use is art? Is what it does actually worth doing?
And an art that is completely monetarized is going to have to answer these questions or it's going to die.
What does one prefer? An art that struggles to change the social contract, but fails? Or one that seeks to please and amuse, and succeeds?
Submitted by jebgavin over 5 years ago