Weekend Arts: Ideological art


Here is a brief article on the nature of modern art, and an attempt at an explanation as to how it manages not to die.  The first thing which needs to be understood about modern art is that it does not flow organically from the soul of the artist onto the canvass, the page or the screen, but passes through an ideological filter.

This article hints at this, and points out that, far from signalling one’s Philistinism,  a “spontaneous, visceral hatred of atonal music is a sign of health.”

This article from firstthings.com is an introduction to what will be a series of Weekend Arts essays exploring the source of modern art’s malaise, and what can be done to restore its health and its popularity.